South Asia comprises the countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The region has been the cradle of several great civilizations and is today home to about 1.5 trillion people, more than one-fifth of the world’s population. The region covers an area of approximately 42,916,000 km2, same as that of the continental United States but with four times the population, it is already one of the most densely settled regions of the world. All eight countries are developing countries but endeavored with rich biodiversity which provide direct livelihood for more than half of its population.
As all countries are developing countries, poverty is the foremost challenge, the governments are giving priority for development in their agendas and therefore conservation gets les priority. In order to conserve the rich biodiversity of South Asia, Capacity development is an essential at all levels. Countries along can’t fulfill this requirement and collective efforts at national, regional and global levels is needed. SACEP since its establishment, undertaking various steps to be a proactive organization in this area.
- South Asia Capacity Building Workshop on Indicators as part of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) Updating, 16 – 19 July 2012, Sri Lanka
- Sub-regional Capacity-building Workshop for South Asia on the Clearing-House Mechanism, 12 – 16 December 2011, Dehradun, India
- A National Training Programme for Capacity Building of Convention on Biological Diversity and Bio-safety Protocol through Clearing House Mechanism, 28 – 30 April 2008, Colombo, Sri Lanka
- Capacity Building for the Clearing House Mechanism of the Convention on Biological Diversity in South Asia: A Case Study for Sri Lanka, 2nd workshop, 26 to 29 March 2007
- Capacity Building for the Clearing House Mechanism of the Convention on Biological Diversity in South Asia: A Case Study for Sri Lanka, 1st workshop, 19 to 22 March 2007