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Asia Region

Stretching from equatorial tropical jungles to the high Himalayas, from taiga forests to the deserts of the Middle East, Asia contains an incredible amount of the biological and cultural diversity on earth.  Its biodiversity is affected by a wide range of human impacts, often driven by a lack of understanding about the value of biodiversity and the threats faced by species and ecosystems.  This necessitates a broad spectrum of approaches to conservation.  The SCB Asia Region brings together experts from many nations and disciplines to address biodiversity science and policy across the largest continent. 

The SCB Asia Region was officially launched during the 2003 SCB Annual Meeting in Duluth, Minnesota. Our geographic area ranges from the Middle East to the Far East, with members from Israel in the west to the Philippines in the east. Russia is also part of the Asian section due to its land areas in Asia, although it participates in the Europe Region as well.

Section News

  • SCB Asia Region hosted Conservation Asia 2018 in August 2018 at the American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. 

  • Download the Asia Region Strategic Plan 

  • The 4th Asia Region meeting, Conservation Asia 2016, was held in in Singapore.
  • The 3rd Asia Region meeting was held from in Melaka, Malaysia.  

Conservation Biology in Asia

The SCB Asia Region held it's first meeting in 2005 in Kathmandu. Using papers presented at the meeting, conference organizers produced a new book: Conservation Biology in Asia.

Edited by Jeff McNeely, Conservation Biology in Asia includes 29 peer-reviewed papers on biodiversity conservation organized around three topics: conserving landscapes, conservation biology of species, and new technologies & techniques of conservation biology in Asia. 

Read the table of contents and download whole chapters from the book here.