Prof Hadi Alikodra: Primate Conservation Must Move Towards Conservation Business, Not Merely Saving

The Primatology Graduate Study Program of IPB University was back to holding the Primatology Webinar Series 2 with the Conservation Series "Saving Primates, Saving Human Primates," (17/05). This webinar was held considering the crucial role of primates in the balance of the ecosystem. Humans have an important role to maintain this balance.

Prof. Hadi S. Alikodra, Professor of IPB University from the Faculty of Forestry and Environment (Fahutan) said that one of the biggest concerns regarding primates is the distribution of species and the existence of biopiracy. According to him, the distribution of primate species is getting closer to residential areas due to mining and monoculture farming. Primates are also often hunted to be traded on the black market for medicinal raw materials. The existence of this activity can lead primates to extinction. Therefore, we need a bioprospection technology by utilizing stem cells so that primate species can be conserved.

"This means that we prepare (sustainability) including primates, forest dynamics are not always in harmony with the needs of a certain species," he said. He said that conservation efforts by combining forest areas or conservation areas are often not desired by primates. Because primates socialize not only with their fellow species, but also with other species. Hence the community and ecological systems in ecosystems need to be expanded into landscapes.

He offers a new era of conservation, namely implementing the role of humans not only to save, but also to take advantage of conservation efforts. The existence of the IPB University’s Primate Animal Study Center also serves as a forum for implementing the integration of ecology and biology, biomedical and conservation sciences. Indonesia must change the service sector to the business sector towards eco-innovation by commercializing conserved animals.

“It is time now that we refer to three dimensions to protect, conserve and use (primate animals) in a non-destructive way. Specifically bioprospection and ecotourism, and those are what we build. Primate science is not only knowledge, but also art and ethics that we must build," he added.

According to him, the younger generation is considered to be the forerunner for the development of conservation from system services to systems business. The triple hélix collaboration centered on universities is also the main pillar in developing policies that lead to eco-innovation and entrepreneurship.

Dr. drh. Taufiq Purna Nugraha, researcher at the Center for Applied Zoology Research, National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) was also present and explained endochronology studies to support primate conservation. This study can make a significant contribution to conservation by helping to understand organisms coping with their changing environment.

“This study can provide substantial information about growth, stress, reproductive status, behavior, and interactions with humans. So that planning and anticipation of habitat damage and conservation management of primate species can be carried out. (MW/Zul) (IAAS/Agl)

Published Date : 18-May-2022

Resource Person : Prof Hadi S Alikodra

Keyword : Primatology Study Program, Graduate School of IPB University, Professor of IPB University, primates, conservation