Research Center for Climate Change—University of Indonesia will be conducting the second batch of certificate training series on August and September 2015. These trainings will provide practical skill and conceptual understanding which are needed to help reduce deforestation rate and forest conversion in every aspects. The training, which also conducted by Center for Environment, Economy, and Social (CEES)—Columbia University and funded by USAID, is aimed to facilitate forest management activities in Indonesia. The training series will be carried out by the experts and practicians from each topics.
This seven-day training will be held at RCCC UI (PAU building fl. 8,5) and LIPI Bogor from 9.00 to 17.00. This training is open for the participants who have completed the Basic Reptile Taxonomy course at RCCC UI. It will be covering the topics of:
- Research project on focal taxa (individual)
- Two-day lab work at LIPI Bogor
- Morphometric analysis (software)
- Principal Component Analysis (PCA)
- Research paper writing
- Final research manuscript submit to a journal
- Public research article (compulsory)
RCCC UI hereby presents the training on reptile taxonomy with an expert on herpetology Thasun Amarasinghe. He is also an editor-in-chief of Taprobanica, the journal of Asian biodiversity. There are two levels of training: (1) Basic and (2) Advanced.
(1) Basics of Reptile Taxonomy (September 2014)
This two-day training will be held at RCCC UI (PAU building fl. 8,5) on Saturday and Sunday from 9.00 to 17.00. This training is open (no pre-requirements) for any Indonesian (including undergraduates, , naturalists, researchers, NGOs, etc.) who is interested in taxonomy and its applications. It will be covering the topics of:
- Introduction to taxonomy
- Importance of type specimens
- Scale morphology of reptiles
- Morphometric and meristic characters
- Keys and identification
- Reading taxonomic descriptions
- Introduction to The Code (ICZN)
- Taxonomic problems
- Practical (use of stereo microscope and vernier caliper)
- Practical test
An environmental strategic, economy, and social which is effective, efficient, and sustainable to help reducing forest conversion and carbon emisson—known as Reducing Emission from Deforestaion and forest Degradation (REDD)—has been taught by many trainers in various places. Basically, the strategy provides a carbon-trade mechanism to reduce forest conversion along with carbon emission produced from forest logging. Even though REDD mechanism has been available as a concept for time being, the execution to achieve realistic result, reducing forest conversion, conserving biodiversity, and considering the rights of local forest community was proven to be difficult.
RCCC-UI is Hosting A Master Class on Policy Analysis for REDD+: Within a Decentralised Context. REDD+ requires developing countries (and local governments) to set aside additional forest conservation areas that may not necessarily yield additional environmental services for local residents. Additional forest conservation competes with other land-use activities, such as commercial logging, timber plantations and oil palm plantations, which can legally take place in productive forestlands. REDD+ involves technical complexity in terms of its design and implementation and it is also very contentious as stakeholders have different values towards land use and forest management. For this reason, local governments need to be familiar with frameworks and tools of policy analysis for REDD+ and, most importantly, have the capacity to define policy problems and solutions with relevant stakeholders.
Wildlife Ecology Research training has been conducted by RCCC UI with aim to introduce and increase capability of RCCC UI research staff to understand research methods of wildlife ecology and research related with environment. The training was carried out by Dr. Nurul Winarni and Asri Dwiyahreni, M.Sc.