2015 – 2019
The project aims to:
- support the ASEAN center for Biodiversity in fulfilling its mandate to facilitate cooperation and coordination among the AMS on conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity and equitable use of natural treasures
- build on the predecessor project of ‘Biodiversity and Climate Change Project (BCCP)
The project aims to support the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity in fulfilling its mandate to facilitate cooperation and coordination among the 10 AMS the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of such natural treasures. ISB will also build on the experiences of its predecessor project Biodiversity and Climate Change Project (BCCP).
The ISB Project focuses on 6 areas of intervention:
- Organizational Development
- Coordination and strengthening of the ASEAN Heritage Parks Programme wherein ACB is the Secretariat
- Capacity development on the economic valuation of biodiversity and related ecosystem services
- Development of joint positions of the ASEAN member countries for the international negotiations of the CBD
- Development of a monitoring and evaluation system
- Establishment of a regional biodiversity information platform
Climate Change and Biodiversity Highlighted in ACB2016
The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), in cooperation with the ASEAN Member States and other partner organizations, organized the Second ASEAN Conference on Biodiversity (ACB2016) with the theme “Biodiversity for Sustainable Development.” The Royal Thai Government hosted the event.
Around 500 representatives from ASEAN governments, international organizations, the scientific and research community, NGOs, and the academe participated in the important gathering of biodiversity stakeholders in Southeast Asia. The GIZ project Institutional Strengthening of the Biodiversity Sector in the ASEAN Region (ISB) supported ACB2016 by organizing a session on “Climate and Biodiversity” as a side event during the conference.
Facilitated by ISB Project Director Dr. Dicky Simorangkir, and Ms. Corazon de Jesus of ACB, the session included presentations and panel discussions by renowned environment specialists from Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines, as well as from the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP), the Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC), and the Coral Triangle Center (CTC).
According to Dr. Simorangkir, “the session demonstrated the effectiveness of the protection and sound management of biodiversity and ecosystems in climate change mitigation and in increasing the resilience and adaptability of people to climate change”. In addition, he also said that “it generated better understanding and appreciation of the linkages between biodiversity and climate change in order to support the development of recommendations for a strategy to improve biodiversity conservation in support of climate change mitigation and adaptation”.
The project title of ISB “Institutional Strengthening of the Biodiversity Sector in ASEAN” implies that the ISB deals with and concentrates on the ASEAN based cooperation landscape of ACB. Assuming a coordination function in the Programme “Protection of Biodiversity in the ASEAN Member States in Cooperation with the ACB”, ISB coordinates and streamlines the inputs by BBP (separate sheet) and SGP (Small Grants Programme with the ACB, financed through the KFW Development Bank, Germany). ISB adds value to the Cooperation Programme and enhances Aid Effectiveness through (i) bundling the Programme and (ii) channelling funds – designed for activities in the AMS – through ACB, hereby enhancing their institutional capacity as well as their visibility and recognition as an effective supporter to the CBD and to the ASEAN Heritage Programme in ASEAN.