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Indonesia plans extensive research cooperation with ZMT on marine issues

The Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) and Indonesia want to cooperate closely also in the future with respect to research and development in the field of marine-related topics. In Jakarta last week, a delegation of the ZMT led by its director, Hildegard Westphal, met with the Indonesian Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs, Indroyono Soesilo. The planned future cooperation encompasses seven thematic areas, including an international research expedition in the Indian Ocean, an observation station for coral reefs and the cultivation and industrial exploitation of marine algae.

“Other main areas of cooperation are pilot projects for sustainable coastal fisheries and for integrated aquaculture,” said Indroyono Soesilo. He invited the ZMT scientists to present ongoing cooperation projects in the Indonesian Pavilion at the World Expo in Milan, which will take place in 2015.

Together with the President of the Indonesian Research Foundation (LIPI), Iskandar Zulkarnain, additional topics were discussed such as the establishment of a marine technology park for the transfer of knowledge into Indonesian society and a measuring station to collect data on environmental change. Two joint projects on effects of effluents from aquaculture and bioactive substances in marine organisms will become operational in 2015. During a visit to the training ship “Madidihang 3”, which has facilities for up to 30 students of marine and fisheries science, a utilisation by German scientists was also discussed.

“The ZMT looks back on several decades of a successful cooperation with Indonesia,” Hildegard Westphal said. “We look forward to joint activities to acquire and carry out projects.” Since 2014 Coordination Minister Indroyono Soesilo has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the ZMT. Together with the Institute, he was a pioneer of the German-Indonesian cooperation in the marine sciences. Among other projects, a long-standing BMBF-sponsored alliance programme – Science for the Protection of Indonesian Ecosystems (SPICE), coordinated by the ZMT – evolved out of this cooperation.

ZMT-Director Hildegard Westphal meeting with the Indonesian Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs, Indroyono Soesilo and the German Ambassador, Georg Witschel in Jakarta.

The cooperation discussions in the Indonesian media: