We aim to explore the biodiversity of Indonesia’s Wallacea region to better understand tensions in land use and the adaptation of biodiversity in response to environmental change. This programme seeks solutions to support the management, restoration, rehabilitation and exploitation of the region.
The aim of this programme is to explore the biodiversity of the Wallacea region and, through this, understand tensions in land use and the adaptation of biodiversity in response to environmental change. It will provide solutions to support effective management, restoration, rehabilitation and exploitation of the region and its biodiversity.
This programme aligns with Indonesia’s strategic focus on the sustainable management of biodiversity, balancing the need for conservation and economic development through natural resource management. It also aligns to the National Medium Term Development Plan 2015 to 2019, which seeks to increase support of science and technology for sustainability and use of natural resources.
The programme will deliver new basic science data leading to greater knowledge and wider approaches to inform effective management, restoration, rehabilitation and exploitation of the area’s biodiversity and ecosystems, balancing the need for conservation with economic development, and supporting the social and economic stability of the region.
Research challenges the programme could address include:
- developing knowledge of Wallacea region biodiversity and ecosystem responses to change
- using this knowledge to understand biodiversity connectivity across the region exploring resilience, trade-offs and informing restoration and management
- exploring the economic, environmental and social benefits attached to the region’s natural capital assets (via the benefits and services derived) and therefore providing an informed approach to innovation and business activity.
This programme is supported by the UK through the Newton Fund, which forms part of the UK government’s official development assistance commitment.