Dear readers, This year, our 55th Governing Board Meeting (GBM) was held in Brunei Darussalam. We were very grateful and honored that HE Minister of Education of Brunei Darussalam oficially opened the GBM. The GBM initiated many collaborative activities with other institutions within the Southeast Asia region.
Dear Readers, The third quarter of 2017 marks the beginning of BIOTROP’s 10th Five-Year Development Plan. Under our 10th FYDP we have three new program thrusts, i.e.
I am very happy to share with you all that we started the first quareter of 2017 with signing of memoranda of understanding with Universitas Musi Rawas, Universitas Bina Nusantara, PT Jambi Lestari Internasional and PT Pemalang Agro Wangi. Two international experts visited BIOTROP and shared their expertise during our First and Second Quarterly Public Seminar. The first expert presented his studies on “Novel uses of Active and Passive Remotely sensed Data for Monitoring Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Mangroves”.
As our commitments to the surrounding community, our stakeholders and our partner institutions, we increased our efforts to extend the technologies and knowledge on urban farming, hydroponics, tissue culture and mushroom culture by launching our Centre as Community Learning Park as well as by signing an MoU with Nong Lam University in Vietnam and with the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of the Republic of Indonesia. Focus Group Discussion on Mycorrhiza was also held with the Asosiasi Mikoriza Indonesia (AMI/ Indonesian Mycorrhiza Association) to develop a 5-year synergy collaborative research road map between BIOTROP and AMI to strengthen BIOTROP’s commitment on sustainably maintaining environment. We are very proud on our tissue culture laboratory for producing the tissue culture technique to propagate cottonii seaweed.
Technologies to grow food are advancing very rapidly nowadays, following the decrease in land availability, to meet the increasing demand for food. Urban farming is one technology to increase food production, especially in limited area. With urban farming, food can be produced in each household to fulill the nutritional needs of the family.
The increasing need for mastering Geographic Information System (GIS) technology is becoming apparent in these recent years, especially for spatial plans in Indonesia. Therefore, this quarter, BIOTROP proudly conducted a 26-day training on “Geography Information System to Elevate Government’s Capacity-Participatory Mapping and Planning PMAP 2)” as an implementation of MoA between BIOTROP and Land Equity International based in the USA, attended by thirty participants of government institutions from Jambi, Nusa Tenggara Barat and Nusa Tenggara Timur provinces. The hands-on skills provided by this training can finally be used to develop spatial plan for respective district of the participants.
Happy New Year to all our readers! I hope you all had a good start of 2016 like our Centre had! For the first quarter, we were honored by the visits of New Zealand Ambassador to Indonesia and Indonesian Ambassadors to Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua; People’s Republic of Bulgaria, Albania and Macedonia; and Ecuador.
We consider the last quarter of 2013 as a memorable and gratifying period for us as regards the activities we conducted.We are humbled by the commendation of our Governing Board on our accomplishments for fiscal year 2012-2013 during its 51st meeting on 1-3 October in Bogor. We take pride in implementing our First International Conference on Tropical Biology held back-to-back with our GB meeting on 3-4 October.
In line with undertaking special initiatives under the 9th Five Year Development Plan (2012 – 2017), the BIOTROP’s First Quarterly Technical Seminar Series was held on 26 August 2013 at the Centre’s headquarters in Bogor with Prof. Dr. Benito C.
At the regional level, SEAMEO BIOTROP has organized the Third Regional Training Course on Prevention and Control of Mycotoxins in Food and Feed staff. In addition, the first SEAMEO BIOTROP in-country Training Course on Tissue Culture Technology for Plant Propagation and Nursery Management was held in Lao PDR. This activity was held in cooperation with the Lao National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute.