SEAMEO BIOTROP Holds Talk Series On Marine Conservation Strategies Thursday, 27 April 2023 on 1:50pm

SEAMEO BIOTROP Holds Talk Series On Marine Conservation Strategies

SEAMEO BIOTROP held Webinar Talk Series on Biodiversity Exploration with the theme of “Protecting Our Blue Planet: Strategies for Marine Conservation” on April 13th in its Jati meeting room, and online through the Zoom platform. This webinar aims to increase understanding of the importance of marine conservation and provide strategies for protecting marine biodiversity.

In her talk titled "Sustainable Utilization of Marine Resources,” Prof. Nurjanah from the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences, IPB University showcases her experience in utilizing various marine products and their derivatives into through a sustainable and zero-waste approach.

“Indonesia as the second largest seaweed-producing country in the world (FAO 2017) supplied 34.6% of the world's seaweed demand.” Prof Nurjanah has developed the utilization of seaweeds into various commercially viable derivative products, such as foodstuffs, cosmetics, body scrubs, adhesives, and body gels.

Dr. Liwayway Acero, from San Beda University Manila, Philipines presented the Marine turtle conservation program at The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park: Challenges and Opportunities During COVID-19 Pandemic. In her presentation, some perceived problem/challenge for marine turtle conservation encountered by the employees is the debris left by typhoon Odette in the nesting sites. In the other hand, the factor that perceived very high opportunity/advantage during pandemic was the absence of noise disturbance from tourists during the pandemic.

In terms of underwater conservation, Mr Wahyu Mul offers another perspective as a professional underwater videographer. In his talk titled “The Vital Role of Underwater Videography in Protecting Marine Ecosystems,” he emphasized that our oceans cover over 70% of the earth's surface and are home to a diverse range of plant and animal species. However, they are under threat from human activities, including pollution, overfishing, and climate change. Underwater videography can become an essential tool for understanding and protecting our marine ecosystems.

This event was attended by 111 participants from Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand. The participants enthusiastically participated in this event as seen from the many questions asked. This event ended with the handing over of certificates to speakers and moderators.

The talk series was officially opened by Dr. Zulhamsyah Imran as Director of SEAMEO BIOTROP and Dr Zulhamsyah Imran also acted as the moderator of this event.

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