The past five years of implementing our Centre's 9th Five-Year Development Plan (FYDP 2012-2017), including the fiscal year reviewed in this annual report, have been a challenging but rewarding experience to us. With commitment and diligence, we are proud to have carried out all the activities we have planned out each year.I am pleased to present our Centre's accomplishments for Fiscal Year 2016/2017 in this annual report in terms of our research, capacity building, information exchange and community mandates on our two program thrusts, namely: Tropical Biology for Community Welfare and Tropical Biology for Environmental Integrity.
On the fourth year of its Ninth Five-Year Development Plan (9th FYDP), SEAMEO BIOTROP strengthened its commitment to develop and empower the human resource in Southeast Asia. This was realized through the Centre’s research, capacity building, community development, information exchange and general administration activities and services along its two program thrusts, namely: Tropical Biology for Community Welfare and Tropical Biology for Environmental Integrity. The Centre’s accomplishments in FY 2015/2016 are summarized below according to the three SEAMEO key result areas: REGIONAL LEADERSHIP During the first half of the fiscal year in review, SEAMEO BIOTROP completed 24 research projects on current and critical biological problems in the region, and 3 action research/community-based project through its Youth Environmental Outreach (YEO) Grants Program.
The Centre’s vision, mission and goals guide its research and development, capacity building, community development, information exchange and general administration activities and services within its two program thrusts, namely: Tropical Biology for Community Welfare and Tropical Biology for Environmental Integrity. The Centre’s accomplishments in FY 2014/2015 are summarized under the following key result areas: REGIONAL LEADERSHIP The Centre completed 23 research projects and one action research/community-based project through SEAMEO BIOTROP Youth Environmental Outreach (YEO) Grants Program during the first half of the fiscal year in review. Fifteen of these completed research projects were conducted by the Centre’s researchers and partner agencies, six by PhD Thesis Support Program grantees and two by Joint Research Program grantees.
This Annual Report highlights SEAMEO BIOTROP’s accomplishments during Fiscal Year 2013-2014 along SEAMEO’s three key result areas, namely: Regional Leadership, Regional Visibility, and Solid Resource Base.SEAMEO BIOTROP’s Regional Leadership is evident through its research and development and capacity building mandates.During the period in review, the Centre completed 25 research projects and started the implementation of 22 new ones along its two program thrusts, namely: Tropical Biology for Community Welfare and Tropical Biology for Environmental Integrity.
Fiscal Year 2012-2013 was a significant period for SEAMEO BIOTROP as it redefined its vision to become a “Leading Centre in enhancing and promoting the real values of tropical biology in Southeast Asia” in the light of the current regional concerns in poverty, food security and safety, biodiversity, environment, and climate change. This vision provides the direction for the Centre to take off from the usual basic orientation to a more applied perspective in implementing its research and development, capacity building and community development, and information exchange mandates under its 9th five-Year Development Plan (2012-2017). It also emphasizes the need to utilize tropical biology for two important purposes, namely : for community welfare and environmental integrity which now serve as the Centre’s program thrusts.
Fiscal year 2011-2012, the terminal year for SEAMEO BIOTROP’s 8th Five-Year Development Plan (2007-2012), witnessed the Centre’s consistent effort in carrying out its mandates in research, capacity building and information exchange including its efficient management of its resources and other special programs. The Centre generated significant outputs and outcomes during the period in review along its five program thrusts on pest and disease management, biosystematics, natural products and waste management, water ecosystem and coastal zone management, and biotechnology. In research, the Centre completed 19 national research projects.
During the Fiscal Year 2010/2011, SEAMEO BIOTROP exerted extra efforts to improve its program of activities and operations to better serve its target clients and produce relevant outputs.ResearchSEAMEO BIOTROP completed 18 projects along its 5 program thrusts on (a) Pest and Disease Managment, (b) Biosystematics, (c) Natural Products and Waste Management, (d) Water Ecosystem and Coastal Zone Management, and (e) Biotechnology through funding support from the Government of Indonesia.The Centre also launched a thesis grants program for Indonesian PhD students in 2011.
SEAMEO BIOTROP has always been cognizant of its responsibility to raise the profile of tropical biology as a vital component to help achieve sustainable development in the Southeast Asian region through research, training, and information exchange. In fiscal year 2009/2010, SEAMEO BIOTROP accomplished planned and unplanned activities having this mandate in mind and in accordance to the five Key Results Areas (KRAs) of its mother organization, the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO). These five KRAs are as follows: (1) Enhanced Program Excellence and Relevance; (2) Increased Access to Markets of SEAMEO Programs; (3) Increased Linkages with National, Regional and International Institutions; (4) Ensured Financial Viability; and (5) Enhanced Quality and Efficiency of Management.
After more than four decades of services, SEAMEO BIOTROP has played a strategic role in the development of research, training and information delivery of various aspects of tropical biology in the region.To maintain its vision, mission and goals, short of budget provided by the host government and donors is a serious limiting factor.This can only be sustained by improved income generating activities and self supporting programme to overcome fnancial shortfall.
In this first year of its 8th Five-Years Development Plan (July 2007-June 2012), SEAMEO BIOTROP conducted its programmes and activities including training courses, researches, seminars/ workshops, information disseminations and publications.For the Fiscal Year under review, human resource development and environmental conservation became the major concern in the Centre's activities. However, due to the unpredictable circumstances related to global economic crisis as the effect of the escalating oil price followed by the increasing prices of various commodities, services and transportation costs, the current year progress was not as expected as shown by less numbers of various academic activities.