Asia: a rich and dynamic region
Well managed, healthy and diverse ecosystems and the diversity of life they encompass are critical for a healthy, safe and prosperous world. They provide us with food, clean air and water, energy, shelter, medicine, recreation and inspiration. Some of Asia’s greatest wealth is contained in natural forests, mountains, wetlands, marine habitats and other ecosystems.
But the future of Asia hangs in the balance. The dynamic economic growth being experienced in Asia is driving dramatic losses of biodiversity which is impacting the health of societies and economies and increasing the vulnerability of many countries to the impacts of climate change and disasters.
Catalysing nature-based solutions
IUCN takes a holistic approach to tackling these challenges – understanding that human, social and economic well-being depend on the health of natural ecosystems, and that conservation, development and social justice must go hand-in-hand.
We believe nature can play a strong role in tackling the challenges. Nature’s solutions are at our fingertips, they are cost-effective and we know how to implement them. IUCN promotes nature-based solutions to mitigate and adapt to climate change, secure water, food and energy supplies, reduce poverty and drive economic growth.
IUCN Asia Regional Office
The IUCN Asia Regional Office (ARO) based in Bangkok, Thailand, was established in 2002, building on projects and initiatives implemented in the region since the early 1980s.
Since 1999, the Asia programme has initiated and overseen both Regional and Country Programmes and projects in over 20 countries across Asia.
Today, IUCN’s Asia Regional Office is the heart of IUCN’s operations in South, East and Southeast Asia, overseeing 11 country offices (Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Lao PDR, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Viet Nam) from Bangkok, Thailand.
IUCN Asia also has programme presence in Myanmar and initiatives in other countries such as Afghanistan, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Japan, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, and Timor-Leste.