ACB 2020 attracts 200 participants from ASEAN countries
KUALA LUMPUR,. Malaysia hosted the third Asean Conference on Biodiversity (ACB 2020) on Thursday (Dec 10), which saw the participation of 200 delegates from ASEAN countries.
Energy and Natural Resources Minister Datuk Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah said the conference which was held virtually in collaboration with the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity discussed issues pertaining to biodiversity in the region.
“The organising of ACB 2020 is of great significance as it demonstrates the country’s leadership in enhancing biodiversity management efforts in the ASEAN region and internationally,” he said in a statement today.
Shamsul Anuar said among the topics presented at ACB 2020 were the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, mainstreaming biodiversity, transformative change and innovation in biodiversity conservation as well as business and biodiversity.
The conference also discussed the roles and responsibilities of the business and private sectors in conserving biodiversity and ecosystem services at the domestic, regional and international levels as well as mainstreaming biodiversity in various sectors.
Shamsul Anuar said the region which is almost half the size of the European continent, has more than 54,000 species of flora and fauna encompassing three biogeographic groups, namely Indochina, Sunda and the Philippine archipelago.
“With the biodiversity wealth, three countries in the Southeast Asian region namely Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines have been recognised as among the 12 mega diverse countries,” he said.
Shamsul Anuar said Malaysia has developed the National Policy on Biological Diversity 2016-2025 that provides the direction and framework to conserve biodiversity and use it sustainably in the face of increasingly complex challenges.
We urge the business community in Malaysia and the ASEAN region to support biodiversity conservation efforts and ensure fair and equitable sharing of its benefits, he added.