While EU's technical assistance to ARCBC
concluded in December 2004, Lim said it paved the way for the establishment of the ACB the following year for the purpose of sustaining the gains of the ARCBC
and in recognition of the need for a center that will facilitate regional cooperation on biodiversity conservation.
When the EUs technical assistance to the ARCBC
concluded, the ASEAN Member States, recognising the need for a centre that would facilitate regional cooperation on biodiversity conservation, agreed that project gains must be sustained.