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 Section brings together experts from many nations and disciplines to address biodiversity science and policy across the largest continent.
The SCB Asia Section 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 Section as well.
The 3rd Asia Section meeting will take place from 19-22 August 2014, in Melaka, Malaysia. This town is halfway between Kulau Lumpur and Singapore (about a two-hour drive from either airport) and is a World Heritage Site.
Visit the meeting website for more information!
Conservation Biology in Asia
The SCB Asia Section 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 and techniques to conservation biology in Asia.
Read the table of contents and download whole chapters from the book here.