IPB University and Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Germany, Joins Hands to Save Endangered Wildlife

IPB University and Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW), Germany, has officially signed an MoU for the development of science and education in conservation. The signing of this MoU was done by Prof Arif Satria, Rector of IPB University, and Heribert Hofer, Director of Leibniz-IZW, in Berlin, Germany on May 19, 2022.

This partnership enables a new collaborative strategy for scientific and educational solutions for the betterment of both local and global sustainability in facing challenges within biodiversity conservation. Prof Arif expressed IPB University’s enthusiasm in this strategic alliance with Leibniz-IZW as it opens the opportunity to develop a long-term collaboration focused on wildlife conservation. The partnership will also put great attention on reproduction technology and bio-bank strategies to preserve Indonesia’s endangered species.

This partnership is an important milestone of conservation science for both institutions, especially in the development of reproductive technologies and preservation of genetic resources. IPB University and Leibniz-IZW is planning to explore academic programs and seminars as consistent collaborative programs for both institutions.

In detail, the partnership also includes exchanges between researchers, experts, graduate students, technicians, as well as information and technological exchanges. Both institutions aim to cooperate in applicative techniques, focusing on the development of wildlife treatments, latest assisted reproduction techniques and bio-bank, along with the providence of necessary tools and equipment.

IPB University will also be providing teaching and research facilities while coordinating the implementation of projects in Indonesia. Leibniz-IZW, on the other hand, will be responsible for scientific coordination, trainings, and technological support. The funding of this program will be based on individual projects according to collaborative proposals from both parties to support national and international fundings.

The first collaborative project of this partnership will tackle the issue faced in Sumatran Rhino conservation using high-tech scientific strategies. Thomas Hildebrandt, the Head of Leibniz-IZW’s Department of Reproduction Management explained that Leibniz-IZW will begin transferring scientific results of the BioRescue project in 2019 for the collaboration. BioRescue was established to save the Northern White Rhino from extinction, with the support of Germany’s Ministry of Education and Research.

Dr Muhammad Agil, DVM, MSc.Agr, Coordinator of IPB University’s Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) team and Bio-Bank, also added that this collaboration will support the establishment of IPB University’s Center for ART and Bio-Bank. Not limited to Sumatran Rhinos, the collaboration project will also help other endangered species in Indonesia through long-term efforts.

Published Date : 20-May-2022

Resource Person : Prof Arif Satria, Heribert Hofer, Dr Drh M Agil

Keyword : IPB University, Sumatran Rhino, Cooperation between IPB and Germany Bio-bank IPB, Leibniz-IZW