ASEAN has called for more protection to be offered to critical ecosystems in the region in the face of increasing environmental fears.

The appeal was made at the fourth ASEAN Heritage Parks (AHP) Conference in Tagaytay city, the Philippines, which ran from October 1-4.

Over 300 delegates from all ten ASEAN member countries joined representatives of regional and international organisations to discuss strategies improving the management of the AHP network and other protected reserves.

The fourth conference was part of ASEAN efforts to prevent environmental degradation while implementing protective measures in areas of high conservation.

ASEAN countries, which together house more than 1,300 protected reserves, have joined international efforts to improve the management of the reserves, especially the ASEAN Heritage Parks.-VNA