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The ASEAN Biodiversity: Its Significance in Maintaining Global Ecological Sustainability

ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity

Date and Time
22 May 2008 18:15 - 19:45

Ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 9)

Lecture forum on the significant role of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Region in maintaining global ecological sustainability. Despite occupying only three percent of the earth’s surface, 20 percent of all known species live deep in the ASEAN region’s mountains, jungles, rivers, lakes and seas. Seven of the world’s 25 biodiversity hotspots are in this region. Threats to ASEAN biodiversity are major threats to humanity’s survival. The ASEAN region’s threatened biodiversity needs the world’s attention and support. This side event will also highlight the conservation role of the ASEAN and the prospects for global cooperation in protecting the region’s rich but highly vulnerable biodiversity.