Workshop to Enhance Collaboration Between US & Indonesia in Biodiversity & Conservation Research

Bogor, 15-18 July 2019
IPB International Convention Center, Bogor, Indonesia
Funded by RISTEKDIKTI (Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education of the Republic of Indonesia) & The US National Science Foundation Grant 1911849

 

OVERVIEW

Beyond the inherent value of life on earth, we all depend on biodiversity for our own well-being. Diverse and healthy ecosystems are the basis of many livelihoods, they provide clean air and water, offer recreational and tourism opportunities, and are a buffer to natural disasters. Biodiversity is also the basis for our food, much of the world’s medicine and many of the products we rely on. With increasing global threats to the survival and health of the world’s biota, it is crucial to the environmental and economic health of the world to record, understand, and conserve biodiversity. Indonesia, home to approximately 1.2% of global landmass, accounts for a disproportionate amount of global biodiversity (e.g. ca.10% of the world’s remaining forests). Additionally, Indonesia is home to two of the word’s biodiversity hotspots, and it is experiencing rapid rates of deforestation that threaten its unique and valuable ecosystems. The United States and Indonesia are home to many researchers who are active in biodiversity science and related fields, and who are developing tools that can help address pressing biodiversity research and conservation needs. Nonetheless, scientific collaboration across disciplines of biodiversity science between the two countries is limited. Facilitating successful and robust international research partnerships between Indonesian and US biodiversity scientists will allow for enhanced collaborative study that can help find effective approaches for conservation. The goal of this workshop is to establish productive international research partnerships allowing for collaborative and comprehensive study of ecosystems and the biodiversity they encompass in a global context and facilitate international exchange and critical training of students, ultimately leading to more successful approaches for addressing global problems.

 

 

 

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Yeni Herdiyeni, IPB University, Indonesia
Nyree Zerega, Northwestern University and Chicago Botanic Garden, USA
Iskandar Z. Siregar, IPB University, Indonesia
Fifi Gus Dwiyanti, IPB University, Indonesia
Jeremie Fant, Chicago Botanic Garden, USA
Adhi Indra Hermanu, Ristekdikti, Indonesia