ASEAN Heritage Parks
This indicator shows the percent of land and water’s area that is designated as ASEAN Heritage Parks in 2015. ASEAN Heritage Parks (AHPs) are representative of common cooperation efforts to conserve areas of particular biodiversity importance or exceptional uniqueness throughout ASEAN member states. AHPs support the development and implementation of regional conservation and management action plans as well as other mechanisms that complement national conservation efforts.
By 2020, at least 17 per cent of terrestrial and inland water, and 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, especially areas of particular importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services, are conserved through effectively and equitably managed, ecologically representative and well connected systems of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures, and integrated into the wider landscapes and seascapes.
The coverage of ASEAN Heritage parks ranges from 0-100%, with higher values indicating a greater proportion of a unit’s [land/land and water] area designated as ASEAN Heritage Parks.
This indicator is available at the site, basin, country and regional scales for the Lower Mekong region.
As a baseline, the coverage of ASEAN Heritage Parks is available for the year 2015.
The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity serves as the secretariat of the ASEAN Heritage Parks Programme and maintains the database of AHPs declared by ASEAN member states since 2003.
We overlaid the basin and country layers with the AHP boundaries to calculate the percentage of each site, basin, country and region that is covered by an AHP in 2015.
Note that AHPs are not the same as national parks, but often overlap national parks.
For additional information about the ASEAN Heritage Parks, please see here.