NAY PYI TAW, 26 October 2016 – The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation of Myanmar hosts the 5th ASEAN Heritage Parks (AHP5) Conference on 24–27 October 2016 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. The regional event aims to bring together the main actors in the AHP Programme, including the ASEAN Working Group on Nature Conservation and Biodiversity Members as well as the committee members, managers, key stakeholders and management partners of AHP.

ASEAN Heritage Parks constitute a network of 38 protected areas that encompass ecosystems and species that best represent ASEAN.  As Secretariat of the AHP Programme, the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) facilitates knowledge sharing and skills building for AHPs, including the conduct of a regional conference every three years.

“The 5th AHP Conference is another milestone in the ASEAN Member States’ efforts to conserve the region’s biodiversity and in promoting its sustainable use. Myanmar is more than delighted to be the host of this momentous event,” said Myanmar’s Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation U Ohn Win.

“Secretary-General of ASEAN Le Luong Minh congratulates the ACB, Myanmar, and all participants, especially the AHP Managers, committee members, and key stakeholders of AHPs, for your efforts and achievements in responding collectively to reducing the rate of loss of biodiversity in ASEAN region. This is indeed an important issue for ASEAN and is an example of how ASEAN can support the global agenda and be a proactive member of the international community,” said Mr. Ky-Anh Nguyen, Assistant Director of Culture and Information Division of the ASEAN Secretariat, in his remarks during the opening.

According to ACB Executive Director Roberto V. Oliva, “this conference is an opportunity to assess the progress of ASEAN’s efforts in effectively managing ASEAN Heritage Parks and addressing biodiversity issues for sustainable development.”

The conference will feature plenary sessions, breakout sessions, and a field visit to Inlay Lake Wildlife Sanctuary, one of seven heritage parks in Myanmar.

The conference is organized by the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity with support from the KfW Small Grants Programme for Biodiversity Conservation and from the GIZ projects “Institutional Strengthening of Biodiversity in ASEAN” and “Biodiversity-Based Products as an Economic Source for the Improvement of Livelihoods and Biodiversity Protection in ASEAN.”