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First SEAMEO BIOTROP International Conference on
“Enhancing and Promoting the Real Values of Tropical Biodiversity of Southeast Asia”

Paper and poster abstracts submission is extended until mid April 2013.

Introduction

Southeast Asian countries vary in their biodiversity endowment.This endowment is a crucial determinant of each country’s economic development and well-being of the populace because of the basic goods and ecosystems services that biodiversity provides. This includes provision of food, fiber and medicine, soil formation, air quality and climate regulation, water supply, and the cultural and aesthetic value of certain plants and species, among others.

Through the years, however, societies have been taking for granted the benefits that biodiversity gives. Moreso, societies have been either overexploiting or misusing biodiversity resources due to lack of awareness and understanding of their real values and the ways to properly conserve and use them sustainably. According to the 2012 Living Planet Report produced by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s biodiversity is down 30 percent on average since the 1970s. But as far as tropical species are concerned, the decline had reached 60 percent.

In October 2010, the Conference of Parties, during its 10th meeting in Aichi Prefecture, Japan, adopted a revised and updated Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, including the Aichi Biodiversity Targets for 2011-2020. Since the importance of biodiversity is often poorly recognized, foremost among the 19 Aichi Targets underscores the need to enhance the understanding, awareness, and appreciation of the diverse values of biodiversity towards enabling the public to take necessary steps to conserve and use them sustainably. The second target, on the other hand, emphasizes the integration of biodiversity values into national and local development and poverty reduction strategies and planning processes for the benefit of all stakeholders and the integrity of the ecosystems as well.

SEAMEO BIOTROP believes that there have been significant gains from efforts to conserve and sustainably use biodiversity both at individual and institutional levels around the region. The Centre further believes that there are still untapped potentials of the rich biodiversity in the region that need to be explored, enhanced, and promoted for the welfare of communities and the environment. This conference provides the venue to address this need and support the attainment of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

Conference Theme

“Enhancing and Promoting the Real Values of Tropical Biodiversity of Southeast Asia”

Conference Objectives

In general, this conference aims to communicate new perspectives and opportunities on enhancing and promoting the real values and benefits of Southeast Asia’s tropical biodiversity for community welfare and environmental integrity.

The specific objectives are:

  1. To raise awareness and generate more interest on the importance of studying the real values of biodiversity and recognizing them for development planning processes and policy formulation.
  2. To provide a venue for deliberating issues and prioritizing programs on biodiversity conservation in the Southeast Asia region.
  3. To strengthen functional linkages among different sectors within and outside the region involved in biodiversity programs.

Conference Sessions

The Conference will be divided into the following sessions:

  1. Opening Plenary session
  2. Two keynote speakers shall be invited to give talks on the Conference’s theme of “Enhancing and Promoting the Real Values of Tropical Biodiversity of Southeast Asia.”  One speaker shall focus on the real values of tropical biodiversity for community welfare while the other on tropical biodiversity for environmental integrity. These two topics shall be the foci of the parallel sessions.

  3. Parallel Paper Presentation Sessions
  4. Two parallel sessions shall be held after the opening plenary session to highlight the real values of tropical biodiversity for community welfare and environmental integrity. Each session shall be further subdivided into 3 sub-sessions, namely:

    1. Forest Ecosystem Biodiversity
    2. Agro-Ecosystem Biodiversity
    3. Marine and Wetland Ecosystem Biodiversity

    Topics could range from any of the following:

    1. Bioprospecting
    2. Alternative Food Sources and Yield Improvement
    3. Herbal Medicine Development
    4. Sustainable Ecosystems Management
    5. Landscape Restoration and Reclamation Technologies
    6. Habitat Mapping and Rehabilitation
    7. Bioremediation Technologies
    8. Payment for Environmental Services
    9. Ecotourism Development and Management
    10. Protected Area/Park Management
    11. Biodiversity and Climate Change Adaptation

  5. Poster Session/Open Market Session
  6. The conference shall allocate one hour for poster and open market session to be held simultaneously. Authors of exhibited posters will have the chance to give on-the-spot presentations to the viewing public. On the other hand, the open market session will provide the opportunity for organizations/ individuals to promote their activities and services, ideas and proposals toward establishing collaborations. Inclusion in the open market session will be on a first-come, first-served basis; each presentor shall be given a maximum of 7 minutes.


  7. Closing Plenary Session
  8. The closing plenary session shall consist of general discussions, formulation of conference resolutions, conference sysnthesis and closing speeches.

Date and Venue

3-5 October 2013, Bogor, Indonesia

Timeline of Activities

  • First Announcement                                                  : January 2013
  • Second Announcement                                             : February 2013
  • Deadline for Submission of Abstracts                        : Mid April 2013
  • Deadline for Submission of Full papers and posters   : End June 2013
  • Deadline for registration and payments                      : End of July 2013

Journal Publication

Aside from coming up with the conference proceedings, qualified papers presented during the conference will be selected for publication in “BIOTROPIA”, SEAMEO BIOTROP’s international journal (http://journal.biotrop.org), which is covered by Scopus, DOAJ, CrossRef and Google Scholar.

Extended Abstract Submission

The extended abstract must be in English, has a maximum length of 2 pages in A4 sized paper, using Word format, single-spaced in Times New Roman 11pt font size, within 1 inch margin to each edge of the paper, justified left and right margins, and has no more than 1000 words including no more than 2 figures or tables. It should contain the following sections: 1) summary which highlights the contribution of the research to the existing body of knowledge and the targets who stand to benefit from it; 2) introduction which should clarify the scope of the problem and state the objectives of the work being presented; 3) materials and methods; 4) major findings; 5) conclusions and implications; and 6) references (i.e., 5 major ones).

The following should also appear on the first page of the extended abstract: 1) title which should be written centered, single-spaced in 14pt, boldface Times New Roman, all capital letters; 2) author/s which should include first name, middle initial, and last name; centered in boldface, below the title; 3) institution affiliations of the author/s which should be written centered below the list of authors, including the email address of the first author to facilitate communication.

Abstracts must be submitted to the Dr. Jess C. Fernandez ( j.fernandez@biotrop.org).

Registration Fee*

Rate

Early bird rate
(before July 2013
)

Regular rate
(after July till end of September 2013)

On-site rate
Foreign Participants
US$
US$
US$
General
150
250
300
Student
100
200
250
Indonesian Participants
Rupiah
Rupiah
Rupiah
General
850,000
1,250,000
1,500,000
Student
500,000
750,000
1,000,000
*covers admission to all conference sessions and exhibitions, conference kit, certification, a copy of conference materials in a CD, and daily refreshments and meals (i.e., 3 lunch and 1 special dinner) during the Conference.

For further inquiries, please contact:

Dr. Hartrisari
Conference Coordinator
Email: sari@biotrop.org
Tel: +62 251 8323848