Dr. Irdika Mansur is a Director of SEAMEO BIOTROP the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Tropical Biology and also a lecturer at the Department of Silviculture Faculty of Forestry, Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia. He received his BSc in Forestry from IPB in 1988, and completed his Master’s degree on Forestry Science (MForSc) from the School of Forestry University of Canterbury, New Zealand in 1994.
He was then pursue his PhD at the Department of Biosciences University of Kent in England and obtained the degree in 2000. He has been engaged with various research projects related to reclamation of ex-mine sites in Indonesia and has visited some ex-mine sites in other countries, such as Thailand, New Zealand, and the UK.
His interest is on transforming degraded ex-mine land to productive landscape. He just completed his international collaborative research on “Establishing a Network of Research Excellence for Mine Reclamation in Southeast Asia” in collaboration with Bangor and Aberystwyth Universities from the UK, North Carolina University from the US, Bogor Agricultural University, Bandung Institute of Technology, University of Diponegoro, and University of Brawijaya from Indonesia, and Bukit Asam Ltd. a state coal mining company in South Sumatera, Indonesia under Global Innovation Initiative project funded by British Council where he served as the Country Coordinator.
Dr Mansur has introduced essential oil bearing tree and plant species for rehabilitation of ex-mining sites to bring back economic value, and socio-ecological function of the ex-mine site as early as possible.