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Dear Colleagues,


I have great pleasure in announcing the formation of SEAPA - the Southeast Asian
Primatological Association. After several months of deliberations, the SEAPA was
formally launched on April 4, 2005 during the first Southeast Asian Congress of
Primatology held in Jakarta, Indonesia from April 3-7, 2005. The SEAPA, whose mission
is "To promote and enhance the scientific knowledge and the conservation of primates in
the ASEAN Member Countries (AMCs), particularly in their natural habitats" comprise
four main goals:

  1. To promote the interest in, and enhance the quality of scientific investigations and
    conservation efforts on primates in the AMCs, particularly among the AMC
    nationals.
  2. To develop and enhance the capacity of AMC nationals in conducting in-situ
    scientific research and conservation activities on primates in the AMCs.
  3. To serve as the focal point for networking among primatologists and other parties
    interested in promoting the goals of SEAPA.
  4. provide a better representation of primatologists from AMCs, or of their collective
    opinions, to international primatological meetings.
The elected office-bearers for the 2005-2007 term are:
  1. President: Dr. Jatna Supriatna (Indonesia), E-mail: jsupriatna@conservation.org
  2. Secretary General: Dr. Ramesh Boonratana (Malaysia), E-mail: rbz@loxinfo.co.th
  3. Vice President for Research and Conservation: Dr. Le Xuan Canh (Vietnam), E-
    mail: lxcanh@vast.ac.vn
  4. Vice President for Networking and Capacity Development: Dr. Perry Ong
    (Philippines), E-mail: perryong@csi.com.ph
  5. Treasurer: Dr. Ligaya ITA Tumbelaka (Indonesia), E-mail: gayang@cbn.net.id


Currently, the SEAPA Advisors for the 2005-2007 term comprise Prof. Warren Y.
Brockelman, Prof. Birute Galdikas, and Prof. Mohd. Nordin Hasan, and the AMC focal
persons comprise Dr. Badrul Munir Mohammed Zain abgbadd@pkrisc.cc.ukm.my (for
Malaysia), Dr. Nantiya Aggimarangsee scboi006@chiangmai.ac.th (for Thailand), and Mr.
Vu Ngoc Thanh vnthanh@netnam.vn (for Vietnam). A full list of advisors and focal persons
will be announced in the coming months.

Membership in the SEAPA is open to any individual engaged in the pursuit of scientific
knowledge and the conservation of primates in the AMCs, or interested in supporting the
goals of the SEAPA. There are two categories of memberships:

  1. Full Membership - Any individual who possesses a recognized qualification in a
    related scientific field, or has made a significant contribution to primatology, or has a
    demonstrated serious interest in primates. All full members are eligible to vote, but
    only full members who are AMC nationals are eligible to hold office. Post-graduates
    may apply for a full membership, but are required to pay the full membership dues of
    US$ 20 per annum, beginning from July 1st of the current year to June 30th of the
    following year.
  2. Student Membership - open to all undergraduates and post-graduates that are
    interested in primatology. Student members can participate in all activities of the
    SEAPA, and are required to pay the student membership dues of US$ 10 per annum,
    beginning from July 1st of the current year to June 30th of the following year..
    However, student members are not eligible to hold office and to vote.

Membership applicants may make one or more complimentary full or student membership
payment to SEAPA for AMC national(s) who is/are financially unable to pay the dues. AMC
nationals who cannot pay the full or student membership dues may request for sponsorship
through SEAPA. All requests will be reviewed by the office-bearers, and eligible individuals
will be admitted to the SEAPA, as sponsorship funds become available. Membership inquiries
may be directed to the Treasurer - Dr. Ligaya ITA Tumbelaka.

Ramesh Boonratana, Ph.D.
Secretary-General

SEAPA membership form(pdf)