A public lecture on sustainable development in Indonesia is being held on April, 9 2015 in the University of Indonesia Center Library. The lecture entitled “Can Indonesia Develop without Destroying Its Environment?” was focused on the challenges facing in the Insular South East Asia region, including the issues for forest landscape, smaller islands and coastal areas.
Around 70 participants from various institutions, including University of Indonesia, Wageningen University, Jakarta State University (UNJ), Gunadarma University (UG), Padjajaran University (UNPAD), James Cook University, Zoological Society of London, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Coral Triangle Center, Epistema Institute, Kehati Foundation, FNF Indonesia, Mongabay Indonesia, PT. Indonesia Environment Consultant, PERWAKU, and APRIL Group were attended the lecture. The audiences keenly listened to the founding father of CIFOR (Center for International Forestry Research), Professor Jeffrey Sayer and Dr. Agni Klintuni Boedhihartono (the senior lecturer oin Tropical Livelihoods and Landscape) lecture and engage in discussion session. Prof. Sayer pointed out sustainable development is probably the most daunting challenge that humanity has ever faced, and achieving it requires that the fundamental issues be addressed immediately at local, regional and global levels. Therefore, the scientific knowledge and appropriate technologies are crucial. Meanwhile Dr. Klintuni emphasized landscape approached in conservation and development which embraces the full range of of social, environmental, and economic value.