The environment ministers of the ten ASEAN member states have reiterated their countries’ commitment to biodiversity conservation in a joint statement issued at the 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea.

According to a press release announced by the ASEAN Secretariat on October 17, the statement underlined the important role of ASEAN’s rich biological diversity in enhancing the regional economy, politics, socio-culture and prosperity. It recalled that the Parties have committed to the implementation of the CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Targets by 2020.

The ministers reaffirmed the significant role of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity in facilitating links among the bloc’s members, and between them and relevant governments, regional and international organisations, to realise the three objectives of the CBD in the ASEAN region.

Accordingly, ASEAN member states will promote their efforts to optimise the efficiency of the implementation of biodiversity conservation programmes within the bloc, as well as to call for more involvement of the regional public to the schemes.

The ministers also stressed the need to improve the quality of life in urban areas which hold a crucial role in preserving biodiversity.-VNA