ASEAN exhibition on biodiversity

18 October 2010 | News story

A healthy biodiversity provides goods and services for everyone such as clean water, clean air and the food we depend upon. As biodiversity declines, the ability of the environment to adapt to new stress such as climate change decreases. At some point, ecosystems fail and can no longer sustain us. In response to IYB and on the occasion of the ASEAN Senior Officials on the Environment (ASOEN) meeting, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) in collaboration with the ASEAN Centre for Biodiveristy (ACB) organized an ASEAN Exhibition on Biodiversity on August 3-6, 2010 in Hanoi.

With the rate of species extinction increasing fast the world is losing its biodiverstity, and in 2010, the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB), we need to get the message across: Biodiversity is important, Biodiversity is our life.

The event attracted over 250 delegates from 28 ASEAN Heritage Parks and environmental organisations, many students, and volunteers. A highlight was an exhibition of important wildlife sanctuaries in Asia (including Ba Be, Chu Mom Ray, Hoang Lien and Kon Ka Kinh in Vietnam) and a huge display of bird life.

IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) participated in the exhibition and provided reports, DVDs, and other information on conservation issues in Vietnam. For some students, the exhibition was the first time they had been shown why biodiversity matters and why we need to protect it. A sign of the exhibition’s success was that the IUCN stand nearly ran out of brochures and pamphlets for first two days and we had to run back to the office to get more!

All in all, it was a great four days raising public awareness of why biodiversity conservation is so important.