Talk Show: Biodiversity for Society and Society for Biodiversity
Indonesia and the Netherlands have a long history of scientific collaboration in the field of biodiversity. Taxonomists work together to document the plants, animals, fungi and microorganisms that share our planet. Although 2 million species are now known, the number is only 20% of all species in the world. In the meantime, we are facing rapid biodiversity loss, with IPBES expecting 1 million species to be extinct shortly. Both Indonesia and the Netherlands feel the need to provide policymakers with reliable information about biodiversity, especially the urgency of maintaining our biodiversity by considering their importance and interactions with society.
The importance of biodiversity, e.g., in traditional medicine and agriculture, is deeply -rooted in Indonesian society. However, Indonesia has not taken full advantage of this potential yet. The values of biodiversity in providing alternative solutions to the basic human needs (food, health and energy) are still waiting to be explored. In the long run, Indonesia has to find a balance between protectionism and sensible access to its national biodiversity to tackle global challenges in biodiversity conservation, health issues, food security, and climate change. This workshop will focus on mutual capacity building and cooperation on biodiversity exploration (species discovery). The speakers will explore the possibilities for a sustainable development that is beneficial for society and that teaches society the importance of biodiversity conservation.
- Dr. Laksana Tri Handoko – Chairman of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)
- Dr. Atit Kanti, Director of Research Center for Biology, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)
- Prof. dr. Koos Biesmeijer – Scientific Director, Naturalis
- Dr. Atik Retnowati – Acting Head of Herbarium Bogoriense, Botany Division, Research Center for Biology, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)
- Dr. Cahyo Rahmadi – Zoologist, Research Center for Biology, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)
- Prof. dr. Willem Renema – Research group leader of Marine Biodiversity at Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden
- Prof.dr. Peter van Welzen – Senior researcher, Naturalis