Asian Biodiversity Center (ABC) is a joint venture initiative between Revongen Corporation Sdn Bhd (REVCORP), and Pahang Technology Resources Sdn Bhd (PTR). REVCORP is a regional bioscience conglomerate with business divisions in life science research, biomedical technology and bio-prospecting whilst PTR is a Pahang state-owned company. This collaboration is set up to manage, develop and run an innovative and interactive biodiversity web portal.
The establishment of ABC is initiated to strengthen national and regional networks, resources and capacity on biodiversity via promoting the exchange of knowledge, facilitation of cooperation and exploration of commercial opportunities.
We strive to create, promote and develop a global networking platform to gather diverse groups of people to capture, exchange and utilise data on biodiversity in Malaysia and the Asian region for conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. This may include general public, researchers, private sectors, government-linked sectors, academic institutions, commercial parties, civil societies and donor communities.
According to the World Development Indicators, while Malaysia has only 0.2% of the land mass of the world, it has one of the richest biodiversity of fauna and flora in the world, second only to Indonesia in South East Asia. The 2001 Global Diversity Outlook recognized Malaysia as one of the 12 mega-diversity countries in the world, hosting grounds to more than 170 000 fauna and flora species.
Though there are lots of research activities related to biodiversity topics being carried out in Malaysia, no platform has been provided to all diverse groups to share and revel in our glorious heritage. Hence, this website is being set up with this purpose in mind.
We are adopting a broad inclusive and interactive approach to get all on board, depositors and users, so that we can leverage on highlighting unique contributions and niche collections to present an entirely new and novel approach to database mining. This uniqueness should also interest commercial end users as well as create new markets.
As the information comes in, we will align with best practices such as the Convention on Biodiversity guidelines for standardisation and global visibility.
Biodiversity is novelty and, if necessary, we will link the depositors and users together to explore commercial possibilities.
This website has been kept simple so as to encourage usage and further levels of sophistication will be added later.
There will be two key applications on the webpage:
The ABC website can serve in three main categories:
- The Public and Government