What a good way to end 2018 with all the momentous events that BIOTROP had undertaken together with our partner institutions during this year! For the first time, BIOTROP conducted a training on disaster mitigation in coastal areas for school teachers to increase their awareness towards how to face disasters and reduce their impacts. We held our second in-country training on urban agriculture in Vietnam this October in collaboration with SEAMEO Regional Centre for Special Education Needs (SEN), SEAMEO Regional Centre for Lifelong Learning (CELLL) and Nong Lam University.
Dear Readers, To close our Golden Anniversary celebration event, our Centre conducted the 3rd International Conference on Tropical Biology (ICTB) focusing on Conservation, Enhancement, and Sustainable Use of Indigenous Flora and Fauna on 20-21 September 2018. We successfully gathered approximately two hundred scientists, lecturers, government officials and graduate students from various institutions in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand to share their study results in this conference. We also featured three experts from Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore as keynote speakers, and six experts from various backgrounds as panelists during the conference.
All part of our Golden Anniversary, BIOTROP proudly hosted the First Inter-Centre Badminton Tournament 2018 aiming at improving relationships and promoting sports as a social and healthy activity among the staff members of the seven SEAMEO Centres in Indonesia. We also featured Mr. Tri Kusharjanto, a former national badminton player who obtained a silver medal at the Seoul Olympics, to share his experiences in badminton tournaments.
Dear Readers,This year, our Centre celebrates its Golden Anniversary with the theme “Forging Ahead with Tropical Biology for Environmental and Societal Transformations in Southeast Asia (Tropical BEST-SEA)”. We were honored to have the Secretary General of the Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) of the Republic of Indonesia, Dr Didik Suhardi, to open our celebration on 26 February 2018 at our headquarter. During the ceremony, we launched a collaborative program with the MoEC on Non-Seasonal Fruit Production Development for Revitalization of Vocational Schools.
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.