NO: 033/SP/HM/BKPUK/IV/2022

This year, the Cibodas Botanical Garden (KRC) of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) marks its 170th anniversary. KRC must continue to build collaboration with the stakeholders and strengthen cooperation, so that KRC can play an active role at the national and global levels in the field of ex-situ and in-situ plant conservation. In the context of the 170th anniversary of KRC, BRIN will hold a webinar, under the theme “Living in Coexistence with Nature, Contribution of BRIN KRC Multidisciplinary Research”, Monday, 11 April 2022.

Cibodas – 10 April 2022. 170 years is not a young age for an ex-situ plant conservation institution in treading the path of conserving and saving Indonesia’s plant biodiversity. With its long experience, it is hoped that the Cibodas Botanical Garden (KRC) can play an active role at the national and global levels in the field of ex-situ and in-situ plant conservation, one of which is by increasing the number of endangered plant species population.

Of course, this cannot be achieved without cooperation or collaboration with various relevant stakeholders. Thus, establishing collaboration with various stakeholders and strengthening existing cooperation must continue to be carried out by KRC. With collaboration, the benefit value of KRC will nationally and globally be more felt and increase.

This was conveyed by Head of BRIN’s Life and Environmental Sciences Research Organization, Iman Hidayat, in a webinar commemorating the 170th of KRC, held online, Monday (11/4).

“The cooperative relationship that has been established must continue to be improved in addition to building new networks in collaborative research and innovation in the field of plant conservation with multi-stakeholders,” he said.

Iman added that KRC is still weak in terms of research and innovation cooperation and has not been supported by adequate research facilities in accordance with current technological developments in the field of plant conservation. This is the homework for BRIN that must be addressed immediately.

Meanwhile, Head of KRC, Fitri Kurniawati said that BRIN has prepared various schemes to facilitate research and innovation activities, cooperation and development of capacity building, such as an open platform scheme for research facilities, various research funding schemes, as well as the scheme of research collaboration center, so that the number of research collaborations at KRC is expected to increase. It is hoped that this opportunity can be utilized as much as possible by stakeholders, especially universities.

Various research activities that have been carried out include those related to invasive exotic plants at KRC, research progress related to forest biomass and its role in climate regulation, especially large trees. Other activities are related to conservation of plants that have economic and cultural potentials as well as domestication of plants from the Cibodas Botanical Garden collection. However, there are many more research activities carried out at KRC. This research activity is not only specifically for researchers at BRIN, but can also collaborate with stakeholders, both government agencies and universities.