Jakarta – BRIN Public Relations. Utilization of remote sensing data from Copernicus is a collaborative effort between the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) and EU Copernicus, an agency owned by the European Union member countries that has the function to observe the Earth and its environment. This collaboration was realized in a Virtual Joint Workshop on Copernicus, held Wednesday (16/03). This joint international workshop is expected to produce recommendations that encourage realization of potential future collaborations in the use of remote sensing data in the fields discussed as the main topics in this workshop; agriculture, environment and forestry, marine and fisheries, as well as disaster management authorities.

In his opening remarks, Head of BRIN, Dr. Laksana Tri Handoko said, “The Indonesian space program led by BRIN wishes to increase the capacity of remote sensing and its application in line with EU Copernicus”. On this occasion, Handoko invites all potential stakeholders globally to join in encouraging acceleration of Indonesia’s space program. Handoko also hopes that starting today, Indonesia and the European Union can concretely establish cooperation in the field of space programs under the Facility Scheme Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, which was initiated by the National Aeronautics and Space Institute which is now the Aeronautics and Space Research Organization under BRIN.

“Copernicus is a system that collects large amount of data from satellites in-situ, freely available for shared use, and provides accurate, timely and easily accessible information. This information is, among other things, to improve environmental sustainability, understand and reduce the impact of climate change,” said Vincent Piket, Ambassador of the European Union to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam in his opening speech. He hopes that through Copernicus a strong relationship can be established between the European Union and Indonesia, not only in the field of space research but also on the impact of climate change which is on the global agenda.

Head of the Aeronautics and Space Research Organization, Dr. Robertus Heru explained in his presentation that basically space cooperation in Indonesia is divided into multilateral and bilateral categories. Robertus Heru, who was also the keynote speaker, said that Indonesia has been aware of the importance of space technology for a long time. According to him, this is evidenced by the fact that Indonesia has joined as member of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS) since 1973. Three years later, UNCOPUOS successfully launched its own communications satellite, Palapa-1.

“Indonesia’s diplomatic agenda is for peaceful purposes and fair access to outer space because we believe the key to a sustainable application of outer space can only occur if all parties are committed to using outer space for peaceful purposes,” he stressed.

Furthermore, Robertus Heru revealed that so far Indonesia has been very active in the United Nations (UN) UN-SPIDER program which provides space data-based information in disaster management and reaction to emergencies. In the future, Indonesian satellites will also contribute to this. (ra/ ed: drs)