The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, was established on 8 August 1967 and includes Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam.
As set out in the ASEAN Declaration, the aims and purposes of ASEAN are:
- To accelerate the economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region through joint endeavours in the spirit of equality and partnership in order to strengthen the foundation for a prosperous and peaceful community of Southeast Asian Nations;
- To promote regional peace and stability through abiding respect for justice and the rule of law in the relationship among countries of the region and adherence to the principles of the United Nations Charter;
- To promote active collaboration and mutual assistance on matters of common interest in the economic, social, cultural, technical, scientific and administrative fields;
- To provide assistance to each other in the form of training and research facilities in the educational, professional, technical and administrative spheres;
- To collaborate more effectively for the greater utilisation of their agriculture and industries, the expansion of their trade, including the study of the problems of international commodity trade, the improvement of their transportation and communications facilities and the raising of the living standards of their peoples;
- To promote Southeast Asian studies; and
- To maintain close and beneficial cooperation with existing international and regional organisations with similar aims and purposes, and explore all avenues for even closer cooperation among themselves.
ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity
The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), established in 2005, is ASEAN’s response to the challenge of biodiversity loss. It is an intergovernmental organization that facilitates cooperation and coordination among the ten ASEAN Member States (AMS) and with regional and international organizations on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of such natural treasures.
EU-Biodiversity Conservation and Management of Protected Areas in ASEAN (EU – BCAMP)
The European Union supports the ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes through the Biodiversity Conservation and Management of Protected Areas in ASEAN project or BCAMP.
BCAMP is a five-year mission (2017-2022) that aims to guarantee that the ASEAN’s rich biological diversity is conserved and sustainably managed towards enhancing social, economic, and environmental well-being in contribution to global sustainability. The project is mainly facilitated by the ACB in partnership with the ASEAN Secretariat and generously funded by the European Union (EU). The project’s specific goal is to further enhance conservation of biodiversity and to effectively manage the Protected Areas in Southeast Asia headed for a significant reduction of biodiversity loss in the ASEAN region. This will be implemented primarily through activities at sub national level, with supporting actions from the national and regional levels, in line with the global objective of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.
HARI Foundation, Inc.
HARI Foundation, Inc. (HFI) is the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc., one of the market leaders in the Philippine automotive industry.
HFI promotes a culture of excellence and authentic caring and sharing among employees, dealerships, and Filipinos through a triple bottomline approach in education: economic growth, environment protection, and community development.
Under its environmental protection program, HARI endeavors to generate awareness of Hyundai’s eco-friendly automotive technology and engages people in CSR programs that promote the responsible and respectful use, replenishment, and preservation of the country’s natural resources.
Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs
The Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), a staunch supporter of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, is one of the prime movers of the ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes project.
It is the executive department of the Philippine government tasked to contribute to the enhancement of national security and the protection of the territorial integrity and national sovereignty, to participate in the national endeavor of sustaining development and enhancing the Philippines’ competitive edge, to protect the rights and promote the welfare of Filipinos overseas and to mobilize them as partners in national development, to project a positive image of the Philippines, and to increase international understanding of Philippine culture for mutually-beneficial relations with other countries.