The Science Panel for Southeast Asia’s Biodiversity Protection (SP-SEA), inspired by the success of the SDSN Science Panel for the Amazon, researches and informs pathways to address the five challenges of species overexploitation, pollution, land and sea use change, climate change, and invasive species and disease.

Investing in measures to protect biodiversity in Southeast Asia's seas and forests could bring annual benefits valued many times more than the amount invested, in terms of job creation, higher incomes, and a more sustainable environment. Expected outcomes of the SP-SEA include recommendations on achieving a sensible and equitable bioeconomy, green economy, and financial trajectories that can enhance the socio-economic status of marginalized and poor communities in the areas of interest, while protecting Southeast Asia’s rainforest as a valuable carbon sink and biodiversity nerve center.

SP-SEA has established a coalition of experts, with a particular focus on Borneo, to form its core research group. The coalition is made up of 15 institutions, including the SDSN, six universities in Indonesia (Universitas Tanjongpura, Universitas Palangkaraya, Universitas Lampung Mangkurat, Universitas Mulawarman, Institut Pertanian Bogor, and Universitas Indonesia), the Central Bank of Indonesia, Sunway University, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, University College Sabah Foundation, Sabah Forestry Department, WWF Sabah, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, and the Sarawak Forestry Department. Engagement with several Malaysian federal government agencies, Indonesian government agencies, and the ASEAN Secretariat is currently ongoing.

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Wing Thye Woo

  • Vice President for Asia and Head of the Kuala Lumpur Office; Co-Chair, SDSN South East Asia
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Mazlin Mokhtar

  • Deputy Head for Research (KL Office) and Director, Ecological Studies
  • Science Panel for Southeast Asia’s Biodiversity Protection

Maha Balakrishnan

  • Research Fellow, Ecological Systems
  • Science Panel for Southeast Asia’s Biodiversity Protection

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