Collaboration: CRC990-EFForTS Indonesian-German Rainforest Research Consortium Enters 3rd Phase & IPB University Launches Social Protection Double Degree-Credit Earning with Belgium & Germany

Collaborative Consortium Research Center (CRC990)-Ecological and Socioeconomic Function of Tropical Lowland Rainforest Transformation (EFForTS) has currently entered phase 3 since the project was launched in 2012. This research consortium of two countries, Indonesia and Germany, involves one (1) German university (University of Göttingen/UGOE) and three (3) Indonesian universities (IPB University, Jambi University and Tadulako University). This research project focuses on ecology and the social-economy functions caused by area transformation in tropical rainforests. The Minister of Research and Technology–National Research and Innovation Agency—Prof Dr Bambang PS Brodjonegoro stated that the ministry gives their full support for international research collaborations involving Indonesian researchers. He also states that those collaborations will be facilitated by the ministry ensuring that maximum efforts can be deployed for the researches. At the Virtual Kick-Off Meeting of CRC990-EFForTS’s 3rd phase (2/7), he explains that the reason behind the Ministry’s support is that international research collaborations present the opportunity to increase both Indonesia’s research capacity and publications on the international level. Prof Bambang further relayed that this international collaboration is hoped to form a triple helix involving multiple parties so that the research results can make a huge impact for society. He also hopes that the research consortium will provide a midway for the area transformations happening in Indonesia’s forests, especially in Sumatera which is the research area of CRC990-EFForTS. On the other side, IPB University’s Rector, Prof Dr Arif Satria mentioned that besides CRC990-EFForTS, IPB University also has various other international research collaborations such as RISTEK-DIKBUD-MIRA (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S.A.), wood tracking project (IPB-World Resource Institute), UKRI-GCRF TRADE Hub (UNEP-WCMC and CIFOR), INREF Smart-In-Ing (Wageningen University and Research/WUR, The Netherlands), SPIN-ANGIN (WUR), Orangutan Research (University of Zurich, Switzerland), NERC/RISTEKDIKTI NEWTON FUND (University of Aberdeen and University of Leicester, UK), CRC-RACE 2030 (Monash University and University of Technology Sydney, Australia) and KOICA-TALENTA (Seoul National University, South Korea). Prof Arif conveyed that from these joint research collaborations, IPB University is trying to increase scientific publications on the global level. IPB University will keep increasing collaborations on the international level so that the university can make real contributions in broader scale. Prof Stefan Scheu (UGOE Coordinator of CRC990-EFForTS) explains that in the third phase, scaling-up, data integration, and synthesis will be carried out. The main goal of the third phase is to formulate a sustainable landscape concept in Jambi Province, especially for habitat transformation areas. For this purpose, two new subgroups have been formed in phase three which will focus on data integration and implementation of strategy synthesis. Prof Stefan further explains that in this project there are four main goals which is the function and service of system implementation for area utilization in tropical rainforests: understanding the impact of area transformation on the environment, social, and economic sectors; understanding the steps needed to increase the ecosystem function and service; and formulation of a strategy to implement a sustainable area system on the scale of landscapes.

Another international collaboration was also held, this time in the topic of social protection. Double degree and credit earning program in social protection was launched by IPB Faculty of Economics and Management during a webinar themed “Social Protection in Indonesia” (26/6). Prof Dr Nunung Nuryartono (Dean) is happy to announce the implementation of double degree program in partnership with the Catholic University/KU of Leuven in Belgium and credit earnings program with Heidelberg University in Germany on social protection for new Master’s students enrolled in Study Program of Economics or Management. Prof Nunung explained that social protection will always be an important point in the process of development, especially for human resource. In Indonesia, it is implemented in the form of social assistance and social insurance. Social security is a study which is important to be developed and implemented. Indonesia’s rate of vulnerability is quite high and has the potential to increase during the pandemic. This must be responded seriously in the form of an intervening program which is appropriate and with the teamwork of all involved parties. Prof Nunung explained that there are currently 79.29 million people in the poverty line. It’s possible that a percentage of them will fall into poverty. This must be properly paid attention to together. The pandemic has weakened the economy and has the potential of increasing the number of people in poverty. To achieve this, a well-implemented social protection for the public is necessary.

Published Date : 24-Jul-2020

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