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Posted: Mon, 12 Nov 2012 14:42
SEAMEO BIOTROP’s 50th GBM Supports Launching of Special Initiatives in 2013 - 317 time(s) visited
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SEAMEO BIOTROP’s  Governing Board approved and expressed support for the implementation of the Centre’s six special initiatives in 2013 during its 50th meeting on 9-11 October 2012 held at SEAMEO RELC International Hotel in Singapore.  The special initiatives are as follows:  (1) Joint Research Program; (2) Annual International Conference on Tropical Biology; (3) In-Country Training Program;  (4) Annual Regional Policy Forum on Tropical Biology; (5) Annual Youth Environmental Outreach Grants Program; and (6) Annual Regional Photo Competition on Biodiversity Conservation.

The abovementioned special initiatives are among the 15 identified for implementation from 2012 to 2017 as part of the Centre’s 9th Five-Year Development Plan (FYDP).  They are meant to help achieve SEAMEO BIOTROP’s vision to be “A Leading Centre in promoting and enhancing the real values of tropical biology in Southeast Asia” on top of the Centre’s regular research, capacity building, and information exchange activities.

During the meeting’s opening program, SEAMEO BIOTROP Director Dr. Bambang Purwantara, in his welcome remarks, thanked the Government of Singapore for kindly hosting the Centre’s GB meeting this year through the support of Prof. Wong Sek Man, the SEAMEO BIOTROP Governing Board from National University of Singapore.
The meeting was officially opened by Mr. Joseph Mullinix, Vice President of the National University of Singapore on behalf of the Minister for Education of Singapore. He congratulated SEAMEO BIOTROP for having already started the implementation of its 9th FYDP since July this year with a noble vision and mission for the region.  He also emphasized the need for BIOTROP to involve and collaborate more with educational institutions and policy making bodies of member governments of SEAMEO at all levels in carrying out its mandates in the context of its 9th FYDP. 

A 2-minute powerpoint presentation during the opening program paid tribute to SEAMEO BIOTROP’s Golden GB meetings. The GB also recognized the achievements of SEAMEO BIOTROP in fiscal year 2011-2012 under the leadership of its current Board of Directors (BoD). 
Aside from the Centre’s BoD and the nine GB members/ representatives from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam,  present during the meeting was Dr. Tinsiri Siribhodi, SEAMES Deputy Director for Administration and Communication.

Twelve working and three information papers, which included the six special initiatives, were discussed during the meeting.