Thailand’s Biodiversity-Based Economy Development Office (BEDO) intends to set up a biodiversity property bank to protect the country’s biodiversity properties.

According to BEDO Director Veerapong Malai, the lack of a biodiversity property governing body has prompted the BEDO to set up a central unit that will specifically be responsible for preserving all biodiversity properties.

Veerapong added various organisations dealing with wildlife and plants are currently working independently and are responsible for their own biodiversity resources.

The BEDO is thus organising a workshop with the participation of world biologists who will provide experience to its officials on the establishment principles, procurement of necessary tools and sustainable administrative principles for the new biodiversity property bank.

The office has already collected 50 biodiversity items to be kept at its newly established Biodiversity Biobank.

Private companies and government agencies are able to request samples of living organisms at the bank for their own research or for commercial purposes.-VNA/NNT