3rd ASEAN Workshop on Conservation Biology

 

The Department of Biological Sciences (DBS) organised the 3rd ASEAN Workshop on Conservation Biology from 20 to 21 November. This workshop is part of a collaborative research effort to gather expert input for Southeast Asia’s sustainability and biodiversity conservation research directions and strategies.

 

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 Southeast Asia is facing a biodiversity crisis, amidst fast-growing economies and populations. Agricultural expansion, urbanisation, infrastructure development and growing consumption are potential threats to the region’s biota. In addition, nearly all its land and water lie entirely within four biodiversity hotspots. Many globally unique species could go extinct.

Through this workshop, DBS aimed to identify research priority focus areas in Southeast Asia. These key research questions would generate active deliberation and better research cohesion, as well as align conservation goals with policy planning. By bringing together experts with diverse perspectives and specialist knowledge of these regional issues, DBS hopes to further ASEAN universities’ educational and research efforts in these areas.

 

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Presentations by invited experts

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Participants engaged in meaningful discussions during the presentations

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Participants delved into further sharing during the breakout sessions