or ACB is an intergovernmental organization
of ASEAN that will encourage and enable
ASEAN Member Countries to meet the
millenium development goal: To achieve
reduction in the rate of biodiversity
loss by 2010.
ACB has been created with the signing
of ASEAN Agreement for the Establishment
of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity
by the 10 ASEAN Member Countries.
It was officially launched last 27
September 2005 during the 9th Informal
ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment
(9th IAMME) held in the Philippines.
The European Union will provide initial
funding for 3.5 years while ASEAN
will provide the counterpart funding.
The Purpose of the project is to achieve
strengthened regional capacity on
biodiversity in ASEAN. This will be
done by promoting the exchange of
relevant knowledge, thus helping national,
intra-ASEAN and international needs
and commitments to be fulfilled in
terms of retrospective monitoring
and early warning systems, while facilitating
greater investment in the biodiversity
sector within ASEAN.