In this visit (17/12/2017 – 23/12/2017), PI, Dr. Thrishantha Nanayakkara met officials from the Kalimantan (Borneo) forestry department officials and scientific leaders of the Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI) who have strong collaborative links with the Borneo forestry department, to discuss the user needs and to identify economic priorities for the local community and what scientific questions we can address to solve these economic questions.
Thrish first met the directors of the Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI) in Jakarta, which is one of the largest scientific research institutes in Indonesia with strong links with the country’s rainforest management and botanical gardens, to explain the objectives of this research hub. Their strong support was vital to build the scientific and support community in Indonesia.
Next, a visit to Borneo (Kalimantan) rainforest to meet local communities and the forestry management officers helped to identify opportunities, user needs, and technical challenges to be addressed.
Finally, a brainstorming session was held in LIPI, Bandung, to identify key foci of technical challenges that the GCRF Sustainable Rainforest Communities Hub will address to best serve the needs in the Indonesian context.