The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) was established in 2005 and is located in Los Banos, Philippines. In pursuance to Article II of the Establishment Agreement, ACB shall facilitate cooperation and coordination among AMS and with relevant national government, regional and international organizations, on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of such biodiversity in the ASEAN region. ACB performs its mandates through five components:

  • Programme development and policy coordination
  • Human and institutional capacity development
  • Biodiversity information management
  • Communication and Public Affairs
  • Organisational Management and Resource Mobilisation

ACB is managed by a Governing Board (GB), which is composed of the ASEAN Senior Officials on the Environment (ASOEN) and the Secretary-General of ASEAN. The GB, which is headed by the ASOEN Chairperson, has the overall responsibility and accountability on the operations of ACB. The ASEAN Working Group on Nature Conservation and Biodiversity (AWGNCB), on the other hand, provides technical guidance to ACB by recommending key areas of focus for its work. The AWGNCB members also serve as ACB’s National Contact Points in their respective countries

ACB also serves as the Secretariat of ASEAN Heritage Parks Programme, which is one of ASEAN flagship programmes promoting a regional network of national protected areas of high conservation importance, preserving a complete spectrum of representative ecosystem to generate greater awareness, pride, appreciation, enjoyment, and conservation of ASEAN’s rich natural heritage. To date there are 40 ASEAN Heritage Parks.

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