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. Six of these research projects were conducted by Indonesian PhD students who were recepients of the Centre’s thesis support grants program. The Centre also started the implementation of 27 new research projects during the period in review broken down as follows: 12 by in-house researchers, 11 by PhD thesis support grantees, and four by partner-institutions. While these research projects were all conducted in Indonesia, a number of them generated findings that have regional implications.
In training and other capacity building activities, the Centre benefitted 399 individuals through eight training courses, two seminar workshops, and two symposia both at national and regional levels. Two of the regional training courses were first offerings on Prevention and Control of Mycotoxin in Food and Feedstuff, and Management of Weeds and Invasive Alien Plant Species. The beneficiaries of these activities were researchers, lecturers, government officials, entrepreneurs, nongovernmental organization personnel and students from Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam.
The Centre provided technical assistances to several government agencies in Indonesia on 6 projects and activities mostly at the national level. It also entered into 19 memoranda of understanding and agreement with three local governments, 13 private companies, and three academic institutions in Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, Timor Leste and Vietnam in the areas of research, capacity building, and community development.
The Centre facilitated the research internship and on-the-job training of 116 Indonesian high school, vocational, and university students in the areas of office administration, financial management, tissue culture, biotechnology, herbarium management, and information technology.
In information exchange, SEAMEO BIOTROP published 2 issues of its journal, BIOTROPIA; 4 issues of its newsletter, BIOTROP Courier; 7 special publications; 9 articles in refereed national and international journals; and 2 technical papers and posters in proceedings of national and international conferences/symposia.
The Centre’s BIOTROPIA holds the distinction of being the first scientific journal in the area of Agricultural and Biological Sciences in Indonesia and one among eight Indonesian scientific journals registered in SciVerse Scopus. SciVerse Scopus is a bibliographic database containing abstracts and citations for academic refereed journal articles published worldwide.
BIOTROP’s website registered a 30 percent increase in the number of visitors (i.e., 24,887) during the period in review as compared to last fiscal year. The Centre attributes this to its continuous efforts in improving and updating its website contents to cater to the information demands of its stakeholders. Interestingly, close to 65% of this number were new visitors.
The renewal of SEAMEO BIOTROP’s ISO 9001:2008 certification for quality management systems for another three years bespeak of the Centre’s administration and management performance during the period in review.
As part of its continuous improvement towards a more effective and smooth Centre operation in relation to its 9thFive-Year Development Plan (2012-2017), SEAMEO BIOTROP also undertook an oganizational development review through a human resource consulting firm.