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Posted: Thu, 17 Oct 2013 15:11
BIOTROP GB Lauds Centre’s Progress in FY 2012-2013 - 811 time(s) visited
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BIOTROP Governing Board (GB) commended the Centre for its accomplishments and the progress made in launching eight of its special initiatives under its 9th Five-year Development Plan (FY 2012-2017) in Fiscal Year 2012-2013 during its 51st Meeting held on 1-3 October 2013 at Santika Hotel, Bogor, Indonesia.

The Centre’s accomplishments included the 28 research and 13 training projects completed, 9 special publications produced, 9 articles published in refereed journals, two educational videos aired in one Indonesian national TV station and four radio talk program exposures, 25 linkages established with national and international organizations, and the renewal of the Centre’s accreditations with ISO and KNAPPP, and a web-based transaction system for office matters.  A standout among the Centre’s research projects is on “Spatial Decision Support System for Food Security in West Java Province” which was selected as one of the 105 top innovations in Indonesia by the Ministry of Research and Technology of Indonesia.  All these indicated the Centre’s improvements along SEAMEO’s three key result areas, namely:  regional leadership, regional visibility, and solid resource base.

The GB also congratulated the Centre for launching 8 out of its 15 special initiatives under its 9th FYDP and, at the same time, completing some of them during the said fiscal year.  These special initiatives included the (a) Annual Media Promotions Day; (b) Regional Biodiversity Conservation Photo Competition; (c) Bi-Annual International Conference on Tropical Biology; (d) Quarterly Public Seminar Series;  (e) Southeast Asian Network for the Advancement of Research and Training in Tropical Biology (SEANART); (f) Youth Environmental Outreach Grants Program; (g) Joint Research Program;  and (h) Knowledge One-Stop Shop. The first four initiatives mentioned have been completed for the FY 2012-2013.

The GB encouraged the Centre to engage in more regional collaborative research  and training projects  toward helping achieve the ASEAN economic integration by 2015 and producing more high-impact publications.

During the GB Meeting’s opening program, Dr. Bambang Purwantara, BIOTROP Director, thanked the GB members, Directors of SEAMEO RECFON and QITEP in Science, and representatives of partner-institutions for their presence and their continued support and collaboration with the Centre. Congratulatory messages were also given by Prof. Wong Sek Man, BIOTROP GB chair, and Dr. Handoko, SEAMEO Secretariat Deputy Director for Program and Development (DDPD) and former BIOTROP Director.  

The GB meeting was officially opened by Dr. Illah Sailah, the Director of Academic and Student Affairs, Directorate General of Higher Education, representing the Minister of Education and Culture of Indonesia.  In her remarks, Dr. Illah Sailah said  that networking is  a very important aspect to support the center activities, apart from the support rendered by our Government, especially through its contribution to SEAMEO Educational Development fund. She further reported that  we are facing the ASEAN Economic Community 2015, what we are doing now should be supporting to the goals in ASEAN community 2015.

BIOTROP also signed Memoranda of Agreement with Pertamina Foundation and One Day School Ceria-Eduwisata Programme during the GB Meeting’s opening program which was witnessed by around 50 invited guests and staff. 

Eight BIOTROP GB members from Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam (representative) together with Dr. Handoko, and the Centre’s Board of Directors participated in the GB Meeting.