Biodiversity Initiatives in the Philippines Boosted by ASEAN Support

The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) and the Manila Observatory (MO) have formalised their partnership through a signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on biodiversity and climate change.

This initiative will enhance climate and biodiversity collaboration that will generate valuable information relevant to public and private institutions, as well as to the communities directly affected by climate change.

The ACB and MO will develop projections through modelling of different climate scenarios on biodiversity and its ecosystems. This will provide scientific data on how healthy or well-managed environments can mitigate adverse climate impacts such as threats to food security, human health, and public safety.

Knowledge exchange, harmonising efforts of similar initiatives from other institutions, and capacity building are also part of the objectives of this pioneering partnership.

This partnership will be called the ASEAN Climate and Biodiversity Initiative, which will serve as a platform whereby scientists, particularly climate and biodiversity experts, researchers, and communicators will actively engage and share scientific information to elucidate the connectivity between biodiversity and climate change while highlighting the role of biodiversity as a nature-based solution to the climate crisis.

This initiative will be piloted in selected areas in the Philippines and will then be scaled up to cover other critical areas in the ASEAN Member States. This will create a strong network of climate and biodiversity experts in ASEAN to further establish linkages with other agencies developing similar initiatives.

Leveraging its strong collaboration and engagement with the Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experiment – Southeast Asia (CORDEX-SEA), the MO will focus on generating necessary climate information for impact studies on biodiversity.

CORDEX-SEA climate data overlaid with biodiversity data will be analysed to elucidate the sensitivity of ecosystems and priority species to the changing climate.