By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
A regional consultation workshop has gathered signatories to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and international organizations in the Asia-Pacific region to discuss opportunities and challenges for mainstreaming biodiversity in the region.
The Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework would serve as a stepping stone towards a new world biodiversity strategy: 2050 Vision of Living in harmony with nature.
By 2050, the world envisions “a biodiversity that is valued, conserved, restored and wisely used, maintaining ecosystem services, sustaining a healthy planet and delivering benefits essential for all people.”
ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) executive director Theresa Mundita Lim, who served as facilitator in one of the discussion sessions said the Asia-Pacific region is very diverse and that each ASEAN member-state needs to come up with its own plans and programs to be able to shape the post-2020 biodiversity target for the region.
“Using this workshop as template, the ACB hopes to conduct a similar meeting in April so as to develop a position for the ASEAN region with regards to the development of this very important framework,” Lim said.
The workshop held in Nagoya, Japan was convened by the CBD secretariat in collaboration with the Ministry of the Environment of Japan.
ACB is ASEAN’s response to biodiversity loss in the region.
Its mission is to effectively facilitate regional cooperation and deliver capacity building services to the ASEAN member-states in conserving biodiversity.