Protecting biodiversity: The insurance for a sustainable future
Biodiversity is the rich variety of life on Earth. It is the source of water, food, fuel, medicines, helps with climate regulation, and underpins livelihoods as well as economies. However, this richness of life is under threat.
Protecting biodiversity is essential to ensuring both people and nature thrive. In recognition of these urgent needs, we are partnering Conservation International Asia-Pacific (CIAP) by supporting conservation efforts in the Asia-Pacific region and raising awareness about the value of biodiversity and nature. This is not just for the future of the planet, but also for human well-being and the generations to come.
What our partnership seeks to achieve
In this 3-year collaboration, we will provide support to a variety of biodiversity conservation efforts in Asia-Pacific which underpin the well-being of millions of people through the water, food, fuel, medicines, and climate regulation these ecosystems provide. Our partnership aims to contribute to the conservation of approximately 9,500 hectares of forest, equivalent to about 13,000 soccer fields, and 72,500 hectares of ocean, an area slightly larger than Singapore. We estimate that these efforts may help to remove or avoid around 4.7 million tonnes of carbon emissions, equivalent to taking approximately 1 million cars off the road for a year. These goals are set in place so as to help insure the future of our planet with thriving ecosystems and sustainable societies, including our existence and well-being for the generations to come.
Forest conservation and research
The partnership will contribute towards forest restoration and botanical research to support the conservation of Hong Kong’s rich native biodiversity. It will support Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden (KFBG) in its botanical research to better understand species’ adaptation and resilience against natural disasters and human impacts.
Forest restoration and marine conservation
MSIG is contributing to Conservation International’s ongoing forest restoration effort, the Green Wall project, in the Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park, situated in the Gedepahala landscape which provides essential freshwater to 30 million people who live in surrounding cities, including Jakarta. The partnership will also contribute to the protection of the Bird’s Head Seascape (BHS), recognised as the global epicentre of marine biodiversity and vital to over 350,000 people.
Wildlife research and mangrove conservation
The partnership will support the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) in the protection of wild otters through ecological research, survey and monitoring. The local community will also be engaged on the importance of the mangrove ecosystem and resolve human-animal co-existence. It will also include outreach initiatives with smallholder plantation farmers and owners to encourage best practices that consider the conservation of surrounding biodiversity.
Marine and mangrove research and conservation
The partnership supports scientific research in conservation of marine coastal environments. The research includes underwater biodiversity assessments and other opportunities to better understand, value, and protect Singapore’s natural capital. This investment will lead to a better understanding of these natural resources and help to make informed decisions on the sustainable use of land and sea.
Forest conservation and wildlife protection
This partnership will support Freeland’s Surviving Together Programme that helps to reduce illegal hunting and poaching by monitoring protected areas and wildlife. The partnership will also build capacity with local communities through outreach programmes. Protecting biodiversity in this region can bring significant ecological and cultural benefits whilst driving revenue through eco-tourism.
Forest conservation and wildlife protection
The partnership will support Save Vietnam's Wildlife (SVW) conservation efforts. SVW is a recognised leader in rescue, captive husbandry, rehabilitation, and release of threatened species. SVW’s conservation efforts in the Pu Mat National Park and Cuc Phuong National Park has helped to combat the threat to wildlife populations caused by habitat loss, unsustainable poaching and the illegal wildlife trade. Our support will help equip rangers and veterinarians with the tools and equipment needed to protect and care for critically endangered species found in this ecosystem.