As tropical forests and tropical marine environments are among the most diverse ecosystems worldwide, our understanding of these systems and the role they play in providing ecosystem services and health benefits is crucial for sustainable, social and economic development.

Unfortunately, the current rates of biodiversity loss are estimated to be up to 100 times the natural rate. Up to 30% of all known species may disappear before the end of the century.

The Workshop objective is to contribute to the development of future scientists in the ASEM region who are required to tackle the environmental problems facing tropical ecosystems as a crucial step towards ensuring the continuity and viability of ASEM declarations on environment. Hence, engaging students in their academic development is an effective way to inspire and develop new talent and build human capacity.