BIOTROP Courier Vol. XIX Q3 2017
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. 1) Restoration of Degraded Ecosystems; 2) Sustainable Management of Intensively Used Ecosystems/Landscapes; and 3) Conservation and Value Enhancement of Unique Ecosystems/Landscapes of High Biodiversity.
I am proud that a lot of collaborations in various fields with national, regional and international institutions took place this quarter. These collaborations strengthen the implementation of our vision and mission through our mandate to conduct research, capacity building, information exchange and community development activities in the field of tropical biology.
Other collaborations were established with the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew of the United Kingdom in holding the Tropical Plant Identification Workshop, through the EFForTS project as well as with the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) and the SEAMEO Regional Centre for Special Education Needs (SEN) in holding the In-Country training in Urban Agriculture for 30 Malaysian special education teachers.
As our commitment to our surrounding community, we continue School Garden training and Basic Entrepreneurship and Product Marketing training. We also performed a Focus Group Discussion with the 5 villages surrounding us to develop a sound program that can elevate the life quality by providing trainings in various fields to enhance life skills of the surrounding community. An MoU was also signed between BIOTROP and PT Semen Gresik to sustain biodiversity through proper conservation management and community empowerment around the institution’s operational and targeted areas.
We also dedicated our utmost efforts to provide the best technology for food safety and food security. Our focus on food safety was expressed by conducting Training in Prevention and Control of Mycotoxins in Food and Feed Materials. Our commitment to provide knowledge on food resources to support food security was shown by holding Training in Tissue Culture Technology for Producing Elkhorn Sea Moss Seedlings, Training in Underwater Acoustic (to explore deep water marine resources) and Training in Spatial Dynamics Models to Support Decision Making in Food Security Program.
We see that universities hold a strategic role in preventing the Invasive Alien Species (IAS) from entering our countries. Therefore, we initiated the inclusion of IAS in curriculum of the universities.
To keep our technologies and administration practices in compliance with the highest standard possible, we held a training to implement Regulation No. 9 year 2009 of the Ministry of Environment about Environmental Laboratory. We also passed the ISO 9001:2008 External Audit with no Major Non-Compliance.