ASIATODAY.ID, CIBINONG – The Research Center for Limnology and Water Resources (PRLSDA) of the Indonesian National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) in collaboration with the Indonesian Limnology Society (MLI), and several universities and professional organizations in ASEAN will hold The 2nd International Conference and Scientific Meeting of the The Indonesian Limnology Society (SMILS II) is collaborating with The 4th International Conference on Tropical Limnology (TROPLIMNO IV) with the theme “Tropical Limnology in the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration” on 6-7 December 2023 in Bogor.
This conference will discuss the function of lakes which are home to terrestrial biodiversity that supports human life.
Head of the BRIN Earth and Maritime Research Organization, Ocky Karna Radjasa, said that lakes are one of the important water ecosystems in Indonesia.
“There are approximately 5000 lakes in Indonesia. Lakes play an important role in providing ecological services. Not only does it provide a water source, but it also regulates climate and hydrological systems such as nutrient cycles, and is home to a variety of aquatic fauna and flora. Not only that, the lake and river system provides energy sources, research facilities and socio-cultural activities for the community,” said Ocky, quoted on Wednesday, December 6 2023.
On the other hand, there have been various problems related to the sustainable use of lakes, such as pollution, degradation of water quality, loss of biodiversity and conflicts of interest. So the role and contribution of experts and stakeholders is needed.
“We hope to build communication between parties who care about the lake system, in particular to gain support and improve partnerships between scientists, the business world and academics for more sustainable management of lake resources,” hoped Ocky.
Meanwhile, Head of the BRIN Research Center for Limnology and Water Resources, Hidayat, explained that the BRIN Research Center for Limnology and Water Resources (PRLSDA), which has a role and function in managing land waters, has carried out many studies/research, especially on lakes in Indonesia.
“Studies to reveal the structure and function of inland water ecosystems in Indonesia are still being carried out by BRIN researchers and are very much needed to understand and maintain the ecological balance of inland water ecosystems which are experiencing increasing pressure, including studies on restoration of inland water ecosystems,” he said.
He explained that this conference was very important regarding sustainable management of inland waters and was an important component in restoration efforts. Regarding land waters, especially lakes, the member countries of the UN Environment Assembly have unanimously adopted a Resolution on Sustainable Lake Management on March 2 2022.
“This resolution calls for integrated management at all levels of sustainable development, addressing water bodies and entire lake areas, supported by relevant regulations, institutional development, budget allocation, well-managed monitoring and data, integrated research, sustainable technology and cooperation internationally,” explained Hidayat.
Furthermore, Hidayat said the resolution provides recognition of local culture and knowledge, involvement of all stakeholders, including universities and research centers, strong science and policy relations, as well as international networks and collaboration for integrated lake management that is sustainable and climate resilient and energy exchange of data and information.
Chairman of the Indonesian Limnology Society (MLI) and Principal Expert Researcher for PRLSDA BRIN, Luki Subehi, said that MLI, which was founded in 2012, will always fully support studies and education on inland water management, including studies of ecosystem restoration in it and strives to keep up with technological and scientific developments. in the field of limnology through collaboration with PRSLDA – BRIN, Southeast Asian Limnological Network (SEALNet), or research and academic institutions at national and international levels.
“This forum is also proof of the attention and support of the inland water environmental observer community represented by MLI and SEALNet, in collaboration with PRLSDA BRIN,” said Luki.
In line with Luki, Riky Kurniawan as Chair of the Technical/Executing Committee and also the First Expert Researcher of PRLSDA BRIN added that this activity was increasingly felt nationally and regionally with support from the National University of Laos (NUoL), University of North Sumatra (USU), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Ministry of Environment and Forestry, The International Lake Environment Committee Foundation (ILEC) and The International Society of Limnology (SIL) – Asian Tropical Inland Waters Working Group.
It is hoped that this two-day conference will be a medium for sharing knowledge, technology and experience through discussions between participants and supporting the sustainable use and management of inland water ecosystems. In principle, to maintain the sustainability of a healthy inland water ecosystem, the involvement of all parties is needed as the key to success. (AT Network)
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