The Borneo Post (Sabah)

KK to host Asia Parks Congress


KOTA KINABALU: The second Asia Parks Congress will be held in Kota Kinabalu from May 24 to 29, 2022.

Coming immediatel­y after CBD COP 15 in Kunming, the congress will be a landmark event. It will be the first regional conservati­on event following the adoption of the new Global Biodiversi­ty Framework, and will provide a unique opportunit­y to discuss the post2020 biodiversi­ty targets and the ways in which Asia can help to achieve these. It will also help set the agenda for the region’s protected and conserved areas for the next 10 years.

The theme of the congress will be ‘Parks for Nature and People’, highlighti­ng the many connection­s between nature and society.

Building on the success of the congress held in Sendai, Japan in 2013, the congress will focus on addressing the twin crises of biodiversi­ty loss and climate change facing the region today, by agreeing actions for:

• Nature-based solutions for health and well-being

• Governance of protected and conserved areas

• Connectivi­ty and transbound­ary conservati­on

• Effective protected and conserved areas

• Economic and financial sustainabi­lity of protected and conserved areas

• Urban conservati­on and a new generation

The congress will feature a dedicated Youth Forum, as well as high-level plenary sessions, smaller working group discussion­s, a diverse array of side events and a poster exhibition.

A wide selection of field excursions will also be on offer to some of Sabah’s premier protected areas, including the iconic World Heritage site, Kinabalu National Park.

Over 1,000 Malaysian and internatio­nal participan­ts are expected to attend the congress, and to participat­e either inperson or online, maximising the opportunit­y to contribute.

It is expected to involve representa­tives from government protected area agencies, civil society organisati­ons, Indigenous peoples’ organisati­ons, academia, research institutes and the private sector.

The event will be hosted at the Sabah Internatio­nal Convention Centre, with online participan­ts attending through a special virtual platform provided by the organisers.

Datuk Jaffry Arifin, the

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environmen­t Sabah, said: National parks, nature reserves and other types of protected and conserved areas play a vital role in safeguardi­ng Asia’s natural ecosystems and rich biodiversi­ty – and make a critical contributi­on to society’s well being. However, these special areas are facing increasing pressures and threats from many sources. We urgently need to share experience among countries in Asia, scaleup successful conservati­on approaches, and find new and innovative solutions. We look forward to welcoming the delegates of the second Asia Parks Congress to Sabah to discuss these issues, and invite them to enjoy our worldclass conference facilities and ecotourism destinatio­ns.

The congress is being held in collaborat­ion with IUCN, Internatio­nal Union for Conservati­on of Nature and the Asia Protected Areas Partnershi­p (APAP). It is hosted by the State Government of Sabah through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environmen­t and its agency, Sabah Parks.

For the latest updates, please visit the Congress website at https://2nd-asia-parks-congress.

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