Asia World Park
(Mekong River Basin)
asia World Park
One possibility for the Asia World Park is the Mekong River Basin, which stretches from China and northern Laos to southern Vietnam and Cambodia.
This region is home to important river ecosystems and some of the largest expanses of natural landscape in Asia. As increasing human populations and industrial activities creep further into this ecosystem, it becomes even more important to conserve it.
The area stretching from Laos in the north to Cambodia and Vietnam in the south is an ideal candidate for a World Park due to its high ecological and biological diversity and global importance for mitigating climate change.
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There are a multitude of protected areas across this area of southeast Asia (as seen highlighted here).
However, connecting these and many other existing protected areas would create a massive wildlife corridor and intact ecosystem.
By building off of existing conserved and protected areas, we are expediting the process of large-scale landscape conservation by filling in the missing areas of interest.
Based on an assessment using data from the UN Environment Program and the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool, this proposed World Park would include over 4,700 species on the IUCN Red List, over 200 existing protected areas and more than 150 Key Biodiversity Areas.
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Ecologically speaking, it is more beneficial to have larger, connected areas of protection than to have smaller, disjointed areas.
This proposed Asia World Park will be a bold and innovative solution to environmental protection and international cooperation.
The Asia World Park will cross international borders and cover nearly 200,000 square miles of primary forest and river systems.
We see this as necessary to ensure the world meets the conservation goals set out by the global scientific community.