Asean Centre for Biodiversity (ACB)

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Ms. Clarissa C. Arida


Director, Programme Development & Implementation


The Asean Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) is an intergovernmental and international regional centre of excellence of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) which aims to create, promote, and develop links with the public, private sector, civil society, international development institutions, and donor community for the sustainable use of biodiversity.

ACB's raison d e'tre is to build strategic networking and partnerships so that resources could be mobilized optimally to augment effective programmes and enable knowledge management. The key outcome is to achieve socially responsible access, equitable sharing, utilization and conservation of natural ecosystems and the biodiversity they contain for the present and future generations of ASEAN Member Countries (AMC).

The ACB is managed by a Governing Board, which is composed of the ASEAN Senior Officials on the Environment (ASOEN) and the Secretary-General of the ASEAN. The Board assumes overall responsibility and accountability for the operations of the Centre, and is chaired by the Chairman of the ASOEN. The management team of the ACB includes an Executive Director and other key Directors which drives Networking, Partnership & Resource Mobilization; Programmes and Development; Biodiversity Information Management; and Administration & Finance.

Funded by the ASEAN and the European Union, ACB - like its predecessor, ARCBC- will further enhance the collaboration among ASEAN nations to fulfill obligations to relevant treaties on conservation.