The availability of food, water, and energy – fundamental building blocks of every country’s security – depends on healthy, robust, and diverse ecosystems, and on the life that inhabits them.
All eight species of the docile pangolin, which are native to Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, are now categorised as “vulnerable”, “endangered” or “critically endangered”.
The growth in the tourism sector will be able to benefit the region by creating job opportunities, increasing tourist spending while contributing the restaurant and entertainment sectors.
Deforestation is a major problem in the region with Indonesia leading the charts for forests clearing, followed by other hotspots such as Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.
Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines act as host to rich biodiversity that attracts visitors from all over the world to witness marine life at its best.