SEAMEO BIOTROP Annual Report FY 2013 - 2014
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. Three of the new research projects were the first grantees of the Centre’s Joint Research Program involving researchers from Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines, and the Youth Environmental Outreach (YEO) Grants Program from Indonesia. The Centre added six more grantees to its list as beneficiaries of its PhD Thesis Grant Support Program which has already benefitted 38 individuals from close to 20 academic and research institutions in Indonesia since 2011. The Centre also continues to be in the forefront of sorghum development and landscape restoration research by securing collaborative projects with international funding institutions. These projects are “Development of Promising Sorghum Mutant Lines for Improved Fodder Yield and Quality under Different Soil Types, Water Availability and Agro-Ecological Zones” funded by the Joint UN Food and Agriculture Organization and International Atomic Energy Agency (FAO/IAEA) Division for Nuclear Techniques for Food and Agriculture, and “Transformation of Degraded Lands to Productive Landscapes” under the Science and Innovation Program by the British Council Jakarta funded by the British Government.
In building capacities, SEAMEO BIOTROP implemented 21 training courses, seminars and workshops which benefitted about 781 individuals from Indonesia, Cambodia, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Among the training courses completed was a new regional offering on “Optimizing Locally Available Natural Resources in Fish Feed Formulation for Sustainable Small Scale Aquaculture Production in Southeast Asia”. For the first time, the Centre collaborated with two other SEAMEO Centres, i.e. the SEAMEO Regional Centre for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and Regional Centre for Food and Nutrition (RECFON), in conducting a seminar workshop on “Strengthening the Regional Food Safety Systems.”
The Centre also held its first bi-annual International Conference on Tropical Biology, and launched its Quarterly Public Technical Seminar Series that featured speakers from Singapore, Australia, and Malaysia. These two initiatives are meant to establish the Centre as a leading provider of knowledge and information on various aspects of tropical biology in Southeast Asia through experts from within and outside the region.
In enhancing its Regional Visibility during the period in review, SEAMEO BIOTROP established its Knowledge Management Centre for Tropical Biology (KMTB) website (http://kmtb.biotrop.org) as one special initiative under its 9th Five-Year Development Plan (2012-2017). The website is an online portal designed to share knowledge and other information assets and at the same time, build networks and linkages among individuals and institutions in tropical biology. It aims to contribute to enhance understanding, awareness and advocacy on issues and concerns as well as trends and developments in tropical biology.
The Centre also expanded its partnership and service delivery during the period in review when it entered into 17 memoranda of understanding and agreements, engaged in various technical assistances, facilitated the internship and/or on-the-job trainings of 145 high school, vocational and university students and research staff from 23 learning institutions, and accommodated 1,449 visitors.
Aside from its quarterly newsletter and bi-annual journal, the Centre produced seven publications and published 15 articles in peer reviewed international and national journals. The Centre’s technologies on teak seedling propagation and sorghum as food and feed sources were featured as articles in two leading agricultural magazines in Indonesia namely TRUBUS (September 2013, No. 526 edition) and AGRINA (Vol. 9 No. 211, 24 September 2013 issue).
Improvements in the SEAMEO BIOTROP’s Solid Resource Base were evident in its human resources, infrastructures, and financial viability during the period in review. Fifty-four percent of Centre’s personnel underwent staff development by attending training, conferences, seminars, workshops and symposia within Indonesia and abroad. In-house trainings were conducted to benefit as much staff as possible in enhancing general core competencies. The Centre also completed the renovation of three department offices and the construction of its Knowledge and Technology One-Stop-Shop. Other than having increased bandwidth for internet access using leased line and fiber optic, the Centre also started using cloud services to host its information system and websites. The Centre recorded an increase in grants received and income in cash as of 30 June 2014.
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