From 1 to 3 November, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited an important partner country for Germany in Asia: Indonesia. During a boat trip on the Bay of Jakarta last Sunday, ZMT scientist Tim Jennerjahn had the opportunity to present the bilateral cooperation in marine research with Indonesia.
In Jakarta the Foreign Minister held talks with the new president of the country, Joko Widodo, and his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi. The topics included the implementation and advancement of the “Jakarta Declaration” signed in 2012, which raised German-Indonesian relations to a strategic partnership and intensified cooperation in various fields including trade, healthcare, science, technology and education.
In terms of cooperation with Indonesia in marine research and in capacity building, the ZMT plays a leading role in Germany. The research relations between the ZMT and Indonesia date back to the 1990s. A main pillar is the research programme “Science for the Protection of Indonesian Coastal Marine Ecosystems (SPICE)”, in which since 2003 German and Indonesian researchers have been studying the scientific, social and economic aspects of the protection and exploitation of Indonesian coastal ecosystems and their resources. One of the pioneers of this cooperation, the Indonesian Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs, Dr. Indroyono Soesilo, is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the ZMT.
During the boat trip in the harbour of Jakarta, ZMT biogeochemist Tim Jennerjahn presented the bilateral research activities to the Minister and to a delegation of the German Parliament. He then had an opportunity to speak with Steinmeier. Jennerjahn highlighted the efforts of the ZMT to improve the dialogue between science, society and policy makers and invited Steinmeier to a conference organised by the Office for Knowledge Exchange which was recently established at the ZMT.
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