In 2006 the ATBC launched an Asia-Pacific Chapter to help promote tropical biology and conservation in the region. The chapter held a very successful inaugural conference in March 2007 at Mahabalipuram, India and will continue to hold annual regional meetings. The chapter is also supporting training activities in the region, such as graduate field courses, and workshops associated with the annual meetings. All ATBC members from the Asia-Pacific region are automatically members of the chapter, and other ATBC members interested in joining can do so without additional dues by writing to asia@tropicalbio.org

At present the chapter is redesigning its strategic plan, to ensure it can engage successfully across the region, and tailor our activities and training to best meet the needs of the region. We have been working with institutions across the region to support other modes of engagement and training, and will provide a diverse set of training opportunities at the ATBC’s 2018 meeting in Kuching. To this end we launched a “Future Conservationists” subchapter earlier this year, to ensure we can better engage with and provide for a younger generation of scientists. With the support of more senior members of the Chapter board, and respective country representatives we hope to support the growth and development of the Future Conservationists and enable them to better meet the challenges of the region.

Future Conservation Biologists subchapter

The next generation of ecologists and conservationists are the future hope for a region with unparalleled threats to its’ biodiversity. To help build capacity and better connect our upcoming researchers the ATBC-Asia Pacific chapter has launched the “Future Conservation Biologists” (FCB) subchapter. The main aim of FBC subchapter is to strengthen the involvement of students and young leaders in promoting conservation science across the tropical Asia and Pacific region and to reinforce the ATBC Asia-Pacific chapter in achieving its goals for the region and the globe.

Through the FCB subchapter, the ATBC and its members will become more connected to students and young conservation biologists in Asia and Pacific region, and develop training programs that really meet the needs of early career researchers and practitioners across the region. It will also facilitate the active participation of students and young conservation biologists during the ATBC chapter and main meetings. During ATBC 2018, we will organize a pre-conference webinar and interactive events throughout the conference.

At present we are working with FCB members and the ATBC-AP country representatives to deliver interactive activities to expand the network with fellow conservation leaders in their respective countries. Currently, we have partnered with Tambora Muda Indonesia, a group for Young Indonesian conservationists, to support their upcoming project, Conservation Camp

We welcome your ideas and energy in developing future activities! Please answer this survey form before January 5, 2018, to provide us information on how FCB can reach you and more effective! https://goo.gl/n17iav

Current board

Chair: Alice C. Hughes, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden-Chinese Academy of Sciences asia2@tropicalbio.org

Secretary: Roman Carrasco, National University of Singapore

Treasurer: Lindsay Porter, University of St Andrews 

Council representative: Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz, University of Nottingham, Malaysia ahimsa@camposarceiz.com

Country Representatives

Australia: Steve Turton, Central University of Queensland

Cambodia: Sothearen Thi, Royal University of Phnom Penh

China: Bosco Chan, Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden

India: Ramesh Krishnamurthy, Wildlife Institute of India

Hawaiian Islands: Michelle Reynolds, Climate Scientist

Indonesia: Marsya Christyanti Sibarani, Wildlife Conservation Society – Indonesia Program

Malaysia: Sheema Abdul Aziz

Papua New Guinea: Pagi Toko, The New Guinea Binatang Research Center

Philippines: Aldrin Mallari, CCI

Singapore: Roman Carrasco, National University of Singapore

Sri Lanka: Enoka Kudavidanage, Tropical Ecosystem Research Network

Thailand: Tuanjit Sritongchuay, Prince of Songkla University

Vietnam: Truong Ba Vuong, Institute of Tropical Biology

Vacant: Bangladesh, Brunei, Japan, South Pacific, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan

Representatives of the ATBC AP chapter at ATBC2014, Cairns, Australia