The GYBN Asian Capacity Building Workshop was successfully held in Singapore from 21 – 28 May 2017. This workshop was an excellent opportunity for like-minded youth who were passionate about wildlife and conservation to learn from one another and act together! The Southeast Asian participants of this workshop have launched the GYBN Southeast Asia Chapter on World Snake Day, July 16, 2017.
Why is this chapter important? Southeast Asia is a global biodiversity hotspot. It is one of the most naturally and culturally diverse regions on the planet. The unique flora and fauna found in this region face major threats, including deforestation, unsustainable palm oil production, and the illegal wildlife trade. Species that are completely unknown to Science stand to be lost forever. Ecosystems risk collapse, threatening the livelihoods of the nearly 600 million people in ASEAN who depend directly on biodiversity.
It is imperative to face these threats immediately and to address the many socio-political and economic factors driving this unprecedented biodiversity loss. Equally as important, is to empower the youth of Southeast Asia to participate in dialogue, outreach, research, and enforcement.
GYBN SEA hopes to educate youths throughout the region of the necessity of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD), and the commitments made by each country in their respective National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs). We hope that through our efforts, Southeast Asian youth will realize their potentials to contribute to the various Aichi targets.