ASEAN mainstreams biodiversity in agriculture, forestry, and agrobiodiversity
The ASEAN Member States (AMS) are already mainstreaming biodiversity within and across sectors, particularly in agriculture, forestry, and agrobiodiversity, through biodiversity-based products project.
This was reiterated in a statement by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) that was read by Cambodia during the Second Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI 2) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) held in Montreal, Canada.
Cambodia, speaking on behalf of the ASEAN, stated that in mainstreaming biodiversity within and across sectors, the ASEAN has already initiated efforts along these lines for agriculture, forestry and agrobiodiversity.
“The ongoing efforts on the mainstreaming of biodiversity being undertaken by the ASEAN member-states would have as its aim the scaling up of efforts in biodiversity conservation while involving the indigenous peoples and local communities in the AMS aiming to strengthen good practices on sustainable development and the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Somaly Chan, Deputy Secretary-General of the National Council for Sustainable Development of Cambodia’s Ministry of Environment.
The AMS, through biodiversity-based products project, will undertake a series of capacity-building activities to mainstream biodiversity-based value chains in the manufacturing and processing sectors in the region.
For her part, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) Executive Director Dr. Theresa Mundita S. Lim emphasized the importance of resources found in the ASEAN region.
“The ASEAN region may only be three percent of the world’s total surface but it is still home to almost 20 percent of the world’s plants and animals; 34 percent of global coral reefs; 35 percent of the global mangrove forests; and over 200 million hectares of forest cover, which host a variety of ecosystem services primarily, as source of raw materials for various sectors,” Lim, who is a Filipino, said.