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Indonesian Primate Conservation and Climate Change Symposium

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(Universitas Nasional – Centre for Sustainable Energy and Resources Management)

Background: Over the last 130 years, atmospheric CO2 concentrations have increased dramatically as a result of human activities, primarily through the burning of fossil fuels and clearing of tropical forests for agriculture.  The resulting rapid climate change is having wide-ranging impacts on ecosystems around the world, including those inhabited by Indonesian primates. To help offset these impacts Indonesia has established a target of reducing its greenhouse gas emission by at least 29% by 2030. One of the main challenges to achieving this target is the development of renewable energy and land/resource use practices that satisfy economic development goals and ensure the restoration and conservation of forest ecosystems supporting primates and countless other species.  This effort will demand a holistic approach towards pertinent knowledge gathering, involving both academic, private and public institutions. The symposium will present expert review and perspective on the mechanisms by which rapid climate change may impact Indonesian primates and by which such impacts can be better understood and addressed. Symposium presenters will draw on existing research as well as professional, local and anecdotal experience and observations.

Symposium Topic: Perspectives on the Potential Impacts of Rapid Climate Change on Primates in Indonesia

Time and Location: January 9th, 2020 – Gedung LIPI, Jl. Gatot Subroto No.10 South Jakarta


A. Keynote Speech: 

  • Dr. Jatna Supriatna – Chairman of Research Center for Climate Change (RCCC), University of Indonesia, Indonesia (Predictions for climate change to forest habitat in Indonesia, with specific reference to Borneo and Sumatra, the harbor of endangered primates)

B. Invited speaker:

  • Dr Sarjiya Antonius, Biological Research Center – Microbiology, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) – (The influence of climate change on tropical rainforest soils and microbiome).
  • Prof. Dr. Muraoka Hiroyuki – Professor at River Basin Research Center, Gifu University, Japan – (The influence of climate change on tree photosynthesis and carbon cycle in temperate and tropical forest ecosystems).
  • Prof. Dr. Rosichon Ubaidillah – Professor in the field of zoological research, Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense, Biological Research Center, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) – (The influence of climate change on important pollinators of tropical rainforest trees used by primates in Indonesia)
  • Dr. Susan Cheyne – Teaching Fellow in Biological Anthropology, Department of Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University, UK – (The influence of climate change on important seed dispersers of tropical rainforest trees used by primates in Indonesia).
  • Erin Vogel – Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and Center for Human Evolutionary Studies, Rutgers University – (The influence of climate change on the physiology/energetics and ecologyof Indonesian primates)
  • Dr. Gusti Anshari Zakaria – Professor at Faculty of Agriculture, Tanjungpura University, Indonesia – (The influence of climate change on the physiology/energetics and ecologyof Indonesian primates)

Participants: Practitoners, Academicians and Students.

Symposium Output: The symposium organizers will prepare a brief policy/proceedings comprised of a preamble, the speaker presentations with abstracts, and a summary of knowledge gaps and recommendations for mitigation. The Symposium proceedings will be made publicly available.

For registration: bit.ly/primatesymposium —> CLOSED

Contact us :
Nuzulia Mutika Sari: primatesymposium.cserm.unas@gmail.com / 0821-2042-9609