Faculty of Forestry, Universitas Hasanuddin, conducted an international conference entitled “The 2nd Biennial Conference of Tropical Biodiversity”. The conference themed “Managing Challenges in Biodiversity Conservation During The Pandemic to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals for Better Environment” took place virtually on Zoom meeting application at 08.30 WITA on Wednesday (4/8).
Four experts were invited to present their knowledge and insight.
- Prof. Erin P. Riley, Ph.D. (Department of Anthropology, San Diego State University, USA),
- Prof. Enrico Bonello, Dr. Ida Adju Pradnja Resosudarmo (Environment Policy, Australia National University),
- Dr. Doan Nainggolan, Ph.D. (Environment Economic Science, Aarhus University, Denmark),
- Prof. Dr. Supratman, S.Hut., MP (Forest Management, Universitas Hasanuddin, Indonesia).
To begin with, the chief of the committee, Mukrimin, S.Hut., Ph.D., thanked all speakers who have spent their time join the conference. He said that the international conference is significant to share and to know biodiversity for Indonesian ecosystems.
“biodiversity is important and functions as a supporting ecosystem in maintaining the quality from the various aspect, including soil quality, air, carbon dioxide, water, and other elements,” explained Mukrimin.
On the same occasion, the Dean of Faculty of Forestry, Dr. A. Mujetahid, S.Hut., MP., hoped that the conference could positively contribute to many aspects of life, especially in forestry development and management. Furthermore, as a medium of science development in biodiversity.
Prof. dr. Muh. Nasrum Massi, Sp.MK, Ph.D., Vice-rector for Research, Innovation, and Partnershipofficially opened the activity. In his opening remark, he fully appreciated and supported the event. The conference is part of collaboration enhancement with many universities.
After the opening, the conference moved to the presentation session. Prof. Erin P. Riley, Ph.D. (Department of Anthropology, San Diego State University, USA), presented his topic of “Implications of an Emerging Human-Primate Interface in Sulawesi, Indonesia”.
Prof. Riley discussed how primates are affected by human presence and activities such as hunting. In addition, he also examined the encounters and interactions between humans and primates that live nearby.
Prof. Dr. Supratman, S.Hut., MP (Forest Management, Hasanuddin University, Indonesia) presented a topic of “Biodiversity and Utilization: Science, Technology and Economic,” which generally discussed the impact of Covid-19 on science, technology, and economy in the global level.
The conference was attended by approximately 200 participants from various institutions and ended at 18.00 WITA.
Kumara Tungga Dewa, S.S.
Editor: Ishaq Rahman, AMIPR