During the Second ASEAN Conference on Biodiversity (ACB2016) from 15 to 19 February 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand, SEAFDEC was represented by Dr. Somboon Siriraksophon, Policy and Program Coordinator and Ms. Pattaratjit Kaewnuratchadasorn, SEAFDEC-Sweden Project Manager. With the theme “Biodiversity for Sustainable Development”, the Conference was organized by the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) with the cooperation of the ASEAN Member States (AMS), the ASEAN Secretariat and partner organizations, and hosted by the Royal Thai Government.
The ACB2016 aims to provide a forum for exchanging perspectives on initiatives that address biodiversity issues in the region. It was also meant to discuss the steps forward in advancing the ASEAN biodiversity agenda within the context of the Aichi Targets and the newly adopted global mandate on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In Session 4 on Business and biodiversity under Specific Theme 3: Fisheries, Dr. Somboon presented the “Regional Cooperation for Sustainable Utilization of Neritic Tunas in Southeast Asia” as one of the successful outputs of the project carried out by SEAFDEC to strengthen the ASEAN cooperation for the sustainable utilization of neritic tunas resources. Under the same Theme, presentations were also made by representatives from IUCN and Convention on Biological Diversity, highlighting on the promotion and provision of fora to facilitate dialogue between fishing and conservation, as well as establishment of better management plan, as well as from the private sector.
During the panel discussion, the importance of conserving the biodiversity as well as the marine and coastal ecosystem especially critical habitats was highlighted. How to utilize the resources towards sustainability, while addressing the engagement of private sector and other stakeholders to support the efforts towards fisheries sustainability and maintaining biodiversity, was also given focus during the discussion.