Asia and the Pacific region is exceptionally rich in biodiversity featuring some of the world most unique regions including tropical forests, alpine environments and the reefs of the ‘coral triangle’. However the region is also recording the highest number of threatened species, is impacted by shrinking natural habitats and overexploitation of marine resources.
The Asia Pacific region harbour a substantial proportion of the Earth’s nine million species, including several biodiversity hotspots. Rapid economic development and the impacts of climate change have had significant impact on the region’s biodiversity and the ecosystem services they serve. Healthy ecosystems underpin all life on earth. Their functions regulate disease and climate, purify the air and support pollination and the provision of food and clean water. Biodiversity is a key indicator of healthy ecosystems.
APRU member institutions represent a significant portion of the world’s research and knowledge capabilities on the subject of biodiversity. This program provides a platform to capitalize on this expertise and support catalytic partnerships and collaborations. By bringing together and connecting, scientists, experts and key stakeholders across disciplines and sectors it will create new opportunities for collective action to address biodiversity loss, protect ecosystems and combat the impacts of climate change.