Jakarta – BRIN Public Relations. The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) opened expedition and exploration funding last December 2021. This funding can be accessed by all researchers from Indonesia and foreign countries alike, in collaboration with Indonesian research institutions.

BRIN, through the Directorate of Research and Innovation Facilitation, held a Webinar on Research & Innovation Facilitation and Funding (WALIDASI) Edition of Expedition and Exploration Funding Research Facilitation (PEE)#1, in Jakarta (22/03). Present at the event was Kompas Daily journalist, Evy Rachmawati as a resource person. She explained about Media Trends and Reporting Related to Natural Resources Expedition.

According to her, Indonesia has abundant natural resources potentials, namely forests, oceans, petroleum, natural gas, and coal. In addition, Indonesia is also a maritime country. Most of Indonesia’s territory consists of oceans, which are rich in various types of fish. Other marine natural resources are also in the form of marine biota, offshore oil mines, and iron sand.

“The potential for fossil energy includes oil, natural gas and coal, while, the potential for new and renewable energy includes: hydro, wind, solar and geothermal power,” said Evy. Furthermore, Evy explained that expeditions and exploration of natural resources play an important role in optimizing the potential of natural resources as research potentials.

Evy said the role of the media is needed in reporting activities of expedition and exploration of human resources. Researchers often do a lot of good research but not published. This is partly due to lack of dissemination, especially regarding the results of expedition.

“The media is needed to cover and disseminate the results of a research team’s expedition to the public. Some of expeditions that involve the media are genetic research expeditions by the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology, and the Widya Nusantara expedition to Enggano Island in 2015,” said Evy.

Evy added that there are several expeditions that had been carried out by the Kompas Daily, including the ring of fire expedition, coral reef exploration, spice route expedition, energy exploration, and the Tanah Papua expedition. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kompas Daily also explored the archipelago’s energy with stories about clean and renewable energy. The expedition process requires time, energy, and large funds, either done independently or in collaboration with other parties. (trs/ed: ns, aps)