“Conservation and Sustainable Utilization of Plant Genetic Resources: Lessons Learned and Best Practices from International Collaboration at IPB”
By Iskandar Z. Siregar and Ulfah J. Siregar (Department of Silviculture, Faculty of Forestry, Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), Kampus IPB Dramaga, Bogor; Contact: email@example.com)Rapid loss of high biodiversity at species and gene levels due to forest transformations in Indonesia posed urgent calls for conservation, which should be designed upon good understanding of the dynamics of genetic process in time and space at all levels. Lack of skills and knowledge on most tropical species hampered its advancement. Since 2003 IPB collaboration with several foreign partner universities has built capacity of human resources and advanced research on genetic resources for its conservation and sustainable utilization. Human resource development is a crucial first step for durable scientific co-operation. While availability of university forest is important, success depends on active involvement of all partners with complementary expertise in defining useful complementary activities. The best practises at IPB and possible future impacts to science-policy interfacing on education and research are discussed.
Keywords: plant genetic resources, conservation and sustainable utilization, university forest, science-policy interfacing