The ASEAN region has one of the most biodiverse ecosystem in the planet. About 20% of global plant, animal and marine species can be found in the region. However, the region’s rich biodiversity has been declining due to multiple factors such as deforestation, sand drenching, illegal wildlife trafficking and other factors. There are many efforts by the government and different NGOs operating in the region to mitigate the adverse effects of these unsustainable resource extraction. As the next policy maker and shaper of the region, ASEAN youth holds the most critical part in the conservation of the region’s biodiversity. Engaging and educating the ASEAN youth on biodiversity conservation is one of the most promising long-term approaches.
EcoMentary aimed to create capacity among emerging filmmakers and enthusiasts to bring focus to the significance of biodiversity conservation and the interconnected dependency of cultural, economic, and ecological issues.
The EcoMentary is an initiative developed by ASEAN youth leaders from Cambodia, Laos, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam during their 2016 Fall Academic Fellowship on Global Environmental Issues at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, U.S.A. Continue reading “The Team”