Regional Capacity-Building Workshop on Biodiversity and Health for the ASEAN Region

The Regional capacity-building workshop on biodiversity and human health for the ASEAN region will be jointly convened by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity and will be held from 5-7 November, in Manila, Philippines.

The regional workshop will be hosted jointly by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Health of the Philippines. The WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific and WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia and United Nations University will also provide technical input and support.

The workshop aims to strengthen collaboration, engagement and policy coherence between national agencies responsible for biodiversity and those responsible for health, to mainstream biodiversity and health linkages in national policies and programmes, and to contribute to enhanced national implementation of the Convention, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and related Sustainable Development Goals among ASEAN countries. In particular, the workshop is intended to equip participants from the biodiversity and health sectors with the knowledge and tools needed to:
(i) Promote transboundary/regional cooperation and support networks on health and biodiversity issues and strategies with a view to informing an action plan on biodiversity and health for ASEAN countries;
(ii) Identify key entry points and discuss best practices for integrating health and biodiversity considerations in national and/or regional biodiversity policies or programmes as well as in national and/or regional health policies or programmes, among ASEAN countries; (iii) Strengthen capacity and identify further capacity needs for the mainstreaming of biodiversity and health linkages in relevant national and/or regional policies, plans and programmes;
(iv) Identify possible joint activities to achieve health and biodiversity co-benefits for consideration in national biodiversity strategies and action plans, and national health plans among ASEAN countries; and
(v) Strategically integrate biodiversity and health considerations in the post-2020 biodiversity framework and in the development of integrated approaches to health including One Health, Ecohealth and Planetary Health.

The workshop will bring together nominated representatives from Ministries responsible for biodiversity and those responsible for health across all ASEAN member states, as well as some representatives from Indigenous and local communities in the ASEAN region. It will support the implementation of decisions XII/21 and XIII/6 of the Conference of the Parties, by which the Conference of the Parties requested the Executive Secretary to organize, in collaboration with WHO and other relevant organizations, additional capacity-building workshops on the interlinkages between biodiversity and human health, under the joint work programme between the Secretariat and WHO, and will seek to identify elements to be considered for the development of a Regional Strategy on Biodiversity and Health for the ASEAN region.

An official notification has been issued to invite official nominations for participation in the workshop from countries in the ASEAN region.

The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, with support from the European Union through the Biodiversity Conservation and Management of Protected Areas in ASEAN Project, will cover the costs of nominated participants eligible* for funding during the workshop. Please consult the notification below for further details.

The deadline to submit official nominations is 20 October 2018.


    • Participants are also encouraged to consult the related COP decision on biodiversity and health adopted at the Thirteenth Conference of the Parties, Decision XIII/6.

Note: Workshop participants are encouraged to consult the website regularly as further updates will continue to be added to this website as they are made available.

  • The full volume of the State of Knowledge Review, Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health is available here.


Further updates will continue to be added to this website regularly, as they are made available.
For additional information about the workshop in the ASEAN region, or its outcomes, please direct any inquiries to: with copy to and

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme