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Institutional Arrangement

Institutional Arrangement

The Steering Committee (SC) , composed of members of the ASEAN Senior Officials on Environment (ASOEN) and chaired by the ASOEN Chairman is responsible for the over-all coordination and guidance of ARCBC.

The Steering Committee approves the project work plan and reports and the appointment of the ASEAN Co-Director.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is designated as the Executing Agency, acting in behalf of the ASEAN and is responsible to the Committee.

The Project Management Unit headed by the ASEAN Co-Director and EC Co-Director administers ARCBC.

The Technical Assistance team is composed of Long and Short term experts.

The Scientific Experts Committee is composed of a panel of members nominated by the ASEAN member countries and appointed by the SC. The body advises the PMU on research proposals to be included in the Research Programme and project workplan. It likewise approves the Research Programme that will be endorsed to the SC and the European Commission , helps prepare the Research Prospectus and participates in the Research Conference.

To interface ARCBC with national authorities and biodiversity institutions is a National Biodiversity Reference Unit (NBRU), established and maintained within an existing institution in each ASEAN member country. NBRUs are responsible for providing a local instrument for in-country follow-up of ARCBC activities, constituting a first reference for the screening of research proposals prior to submission to ARCBC and representing the national focal points of the ASEAN Biodiversity Network.