The Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) comprises Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
The region is rich in resources with three countries classified as mega-diverse and four biodiversity hotspots as well as vast areas of coral reefs.
It is, however, alarming that more than 20% of the assessed species in the region are threatened.
Building on NIRAS’ regional environmental projects and on the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity’s (ACB) experience, the project BCAMP works against current –biodiversity loss trends.
The ACB is an intergovernmental organization that facilitates cooperation on conservation of biological diversity and fair sharing of benefits arising from such natural treasures.
The overall objective of BCAMP is to enhance environmental, social and economic well-being through effective management of protected areas and reduction of biodiversity loss.
The BCAMP aims to advance the ASEAN biodiversity agenda within the context of the Aichi Targets and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Project will help achieve the following SDGs targets:
- Ensuring conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services
- Integrating ecosystems and biodiversity values into national and local planning
- Minimizing and addressing the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
- Conservation of coastal and marine areas consistent with national and international law and based on best available scientific information
In November the project was officially launched at the ACB headquarters in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines. This included an inception workshop participated by senior experts from the ACB, representatives from the ASEAN states, the EU Delegation in Manila, the Technical Assistance team and NIRAS Finland´s project management staff.
The BCAMP represents a strategic vantage point for NIRAS, offering regional visibility and technical influence as well as deepening experience in managing EU-funded projects.