21-23 Oct (Wed-Fri): ASEAN Conference on Biodiversity 2009

Date September 28, 2009

The theme of the ASEAN Conference on Biodiversity 2009 is “Biodiversity in Focus – 2010 and Beyond”.

The sub-themes selected for the Conference reflect the current global and regional priorities:
(a) Biodiversity and Climate Change;
(b) Access to Genetic Resources and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising out of their Utilisation; and
(c) Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity.

Registration is now open for this inaugural ASEAN Conference on Biodiversity 2009 (ACB2009) is hosted by NParks in partnership with the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB).

ACB2009 will bring together about 250-300 key biodiversity stakeholders from the ASEAN region and its partners representing government agencies, science and research communities, and non-governmental organisations. It will feature both plenary and parallel sessions, as well as poster presentations and exhibition booths to showcase biodiversity and conservation efforts in the region. A distinguished list of eminent speakers has been invited to grace the event, including:

  • Dr. Aaron Bernstein from Harvard Medical School, co-author of “Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity”
  • Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary, Secretariat of the CBD
  • Mr. Timothy Hodges, Co-chair of the Open-Ended Ad-Hoc Working Group on Access and Benefit Sharing, CBD

Plenary papers to be presented include:

“The Status of Biodiversity and Challenges in the ASEAN Region” by Prof. Peter Ng Kee Lin, Professor, Dept of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore

“Climate Change and Biodiversity: The 2007 IPCC Report on Biodiversity and recent updates” by Dr. Andreas Fischlin, Head, Terrestrial Systems Ecology ETH-Zentrum, Zurich
Member, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

“Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity-The ASEAN Region’s Contribution” by Dr. Haripriya Gundimeda and/or Dr. Georgina Langdale The Economics of Environment and Biodiversity (TEEB) Team, UNEP

“Access to Genetic Resources and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising out of their Utilization” by Dato’ Zakri A. Hamid, Director of Advanced Studies, United Nations University

“COP10 and Beyond” by Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Director, CBD Secretariat

More details on the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity website and download provisional programme (PDF) and registration form (WinWord doc).

Registration closes 18 September 2009

Cost: Registration fee S$75. Only 30 places are allocated for the Singapore public (inclusive of NGOs).
Contact: Register with wendy_yap@nparks.gov.sg (Tel: 64651688) or muslim_anshari_rahman@nparks.gov.sg (Tel: 64651679)

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