During his visit to Bangkok, Thailand, Dr Zulhamsyah Imran paid a courtesy visit to Assistant Professor Kobsak Wanthongchai, Ph.D., the Dean of the Faculty of Forestry at Kasetsart University (KU) who is also appointed as the Governing Board Member of SEAMEO BIOTROP for Thailand. The meeting held on 1 December 2022 aimed to strengthen the synergy and to seek possible collaborative activities between the two institutions. The Deputies, Managers, and Head Unit of SEAMEO BIOTROP also attended the meeting through the Zoom platform.
Several possible collaborations and programs were discussed during the meeting, including the possibility of conducting several training courses for ASEAN participants, students or staff exchange, and internship programs. Dr Kobsak also stated the full support of KU in disseminating SEAMEO BIOTROP publications. KU will also support SEAMEO BIOTROP's International Agro-Eco-Edu Tourism Conference and International Conference on Tropical Biology, which will be held in 2023.
Dr Zulhamsyah also suggested the establishment of a working group to formulate the Policy Brief on Biodiversity. He also requested the support of KU on the Development of the Tropical Biodiversity Database and Tropical Biodiversity Ranking Program developed by SEAMEO BIOTROP.
Dr Kobsak welcomed the idea and stated the need for signing MoU and/or MoA between both institutions to legalize and ensure the collaboration framework. The signing will be done in coordination with IPB University as the host institution of SEAMEO BIOTROP.