Each ASEAN Member State selected a Biodiversity Hero to represent their country. Members of the ASEAN Working Group on Nature Conservation and Biodiversity (AWGNCB) and the Governing Board (GB) for each country worked together in selecting a suitable hero.

In nominating an individual, they considered the relevance of the nominees’ contributions to biodiversity conservation, the impact of these contributions to biodiversity conservation efforts in their respective countries and the region, the replicability of their actions, and the recognition they received in communities where they belong.