The ASEAN region has some of the richest and yet most threatened biodiversity on this Earth. The 500 million inhabitants within the nations of ASEAN continue to rely on this biodiversity for their livelihoods.
Central to the conservation and sustainable use of this biodiversity is the availability of adequate skilled human resource and relevant supporting technological tools.
Taxonomy provides the basic tools to inventorize this biodiversity, thereby providing the necessary access to existing biological information and enabling the generation of new information crucial to the conservation and sustainable use of these resources for national and societal development.
ASEANET (The Southeast Asian LOOP of BioNET International - and currently known as the ASEAN Network on Taxonomy) is the ASEAN Regional Network for Taxonomy owned by all 10 ASEAN member countries.
ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) endorsed the formation of ASEANET through the Asean Senior Officials for the Environment (ASOEN) at its meeting in Singapore in September 1998.
In 2003, Department of Agriculture Malaysia proposed the establishment of ASEAN Plant Health Cooperation Network (APHCN) as a “virtual ASEAN PLANTI” at the 5th Meeting of ASEAN EWG-HPM.
The establishment of APHCN was later endorsed at the 25th Meeting of AMAF (ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture & Forestry).
ASEANET was designated the Technical Secretariat of the APHCN and has been tasked to take a leadership role to implement the ASEAN Regional Diagnostics Network (ARDN) as a key activity of the APHCN.
All ten ASEAN member countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam
Coordinating / Steering committee
Ms. Ngizailah Zakaria
Ms. Jormasita @Masita Binti Jormasie
Dr. Ny Vuthy
Dr. Pheopanh Soysouvanh
Mr. Maman Suparman
Dr. Mu Mu Thein
Ms. Wilma Quaterno
Ms. Yap Mei Lai
Dr. Pornpimon Athipunyakom
Dr. Duong Minh Tu
Funding sources (2000 - 2020)
BioNET Technical Secretariat (2000-2003)
SPS Capacity Building Program of DAFF, Australia (2005-2010)
ICMPFF (2005) – Training Workshops on Fruit-fly Diagnostics
US-Department of States – Training Workshop on IAS (2007)
AADCP (2006-2007) and AANZFTA Program (2011-2015)
NZ-Aid (2010) for specimen identification from CLMV countries
AusAID through the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment - Phase 1 and 2 (2015-2020)
ASEANET (2010-2020) for ARDN Clearing House activities
JAIF Project funded by Government of Japan for Phase 1 & 2 (2015-2020)
Goals and priorities
Assist member nations to implement and fulfil national obligations under the Convention on Biological Diversity
Play a leading role in regional activities in support of the Global Taxonomy Initiative
Assist member economies to comply with requirements of the SPS Agreement under the WTO
Focus work on four core areas of capacity-building: i) information and communication technology; ii) human resource development iii) rehabilitation of collections; and iv) new technologies in identification and taxonomy
Extensive taxonomic capacity building for SPS and trade related issues in collaboration with donor agencies and other National/Regional Institutions
Sponsoring and organisation of training and workshops related to SPS/Plant Health and trade related issues, invasive species and database development
Acting as Technical Secretariat to the ASEAN Plant Health Network, which reports to the ASEAN Sectoral Working Group on Crops
Implementing projects on taxonomic capacity building to support market access for agricultural trade in the ASEAN region funded by AusAid, NZAid and JAIF through ASEAN Secretariat (Phase 1 and 2)
In collaboration with the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry, ASEANET has organised more than 25 training workshops on SPS and trade for its member countries funded by AusAID
In 2007, ASEANET organised the ASEAN-NIS Workshop on Invasive Species and Database Development in collaboration with the Global Invasive Species Information Network (GISIN) at MARDI, Serdang-Selangor, Malaysia