International Conference

International Conference on Biosphere Reserve : Engaging Stakeholders towards Community Empowerment

The Role of Stakeholders in Mainstreaming Natural Resources Related to Agenda 2030 (Sustainable Development Goals)
Novotel, Palembang, 23 July 2018

Natural habitat and environment are under increasing pressures due to the growing number of human population and their multiple, often conflicting, needs. Mankind relies on ecosystems to provide them with food, source of living and general well-being. The interaction is made more significant particularly for communities living in developing countries, where the society is undergoing transition to a more industrialised living conditions. Such transition usually entails extraction of natural resources. As forestry and marine activities are important contributors of most of developing country’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product), their planning has to be performed in a coordinated manner to ensure a sustainable future.

Through academic, business, government stakeholder collaborations and community co-creation, the Biosphere Reserve (BR) will support the development, implementation and ongoing management of initiatives that promote the sustainable use of nature and natural resources. All stakeholders covering local government, community members, media, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and private sectors have their own important roles to play in the management of BR and ensuring that our natural resources are well conserved. One of the most important aspects of this conference is effective and culturally-sensitive relationship building with the wide-ranging stakeholders to engender trust between all parties and to reinforce up-take of the nature and natural resources management strategies developed under the auspices of Man and Biosphere Reserve.

The conference aims to contribute to the economic development and social welfare of communities in the Biosphere Reserve areas by creating a staged pathway towards increasing productivity through the appropriately designed and managed provision of reliable and sustainable nature and natural resources.

The conference accepts papers for the following topics:



The world is faced with an unprecedented reduction of biodiversity that is occurring in virtually every ecosystem in the world. The loss of species is over two orders of magnitude higher than previously observed in the geologic record and represents organisms from diverse phyla and terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecosystems. Concerns about the loss of species globally are well established, and recently have local jurisdictions begun to develop a comprehensive approach to documenting conditions and threats relating to biodiversity. As a result of the growing recognition that biodiversity is under way and poses serious risks for both human societies and natural systems, the question that decision makers are asking has expanded from “What is happening?” to “What is happening and what can we do about it?”. Scientific research can help answer both of these important questions. In addition to growing recognition the importance of biosphere reserve will need to be considered in actions and decisions across a wide range of sectors and interests.

Approaches to biodiversity conservation based on the notion that nature provides for humans have become increasingly popular in recent years, and notably so since the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Forest management must change radically to maintain biodiversity. ‘Biodiversity’ has many components, but only one has been measured unambiguously – species richness – although there is recently much emphasis on structural, process, and functional diversity. Valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services is widely recognized as a useful, though often controversial, approach to conservation and management.
The role of science is very important in the management of biodiversity for the use and utilization for all beings on this earth. The sub theme explore discussion on several crosscutting research themes and would recommends a number of actions to advance the science of management of biodiversity.

Sub-theme “The Role of Science in the Management of Biodiversity” in International Conference on Biosphere Reserve: Engaging Stakeholders Towards Community Empowerment” aimed to discuss and consolidate:
(1) Natural disturbance and biodiversity challenges,
(2) Biodiversity, climate change and ecosystem function,
(3) Monitoring of biodiversity spatially,
(4) Valuation of biodiversity,
(5) Future Research in the management of biodiversity




UNESCO which was founded in 1945 immediately after the 2nd World War has embraced humans all over the world to develop a better life based on dignity, mutual understanding and solidarity. About 26 years later, in 1971, this effort is then followed by the establishment of Man and Biosphere Programme, an intergovernmental scientific programme aiming at establishing a scientific basis to improve relationship between people and environment. This has been seen as a significant initiative of the UNESCO through MAB programme in combining practical application of natural, social, economics science, and education in order to improve human livelihoods and equitable sharing of benefits and at the same time to protect and manage natural ecosystem while also promoting innovative approach to sustainable economic development.

Forty six years later after its first establishment, in 2017, UNESCO MAB Programme published a book entitled “A new Roadmap for the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme and its World Network of Biosphere Reserves”, which covers MAB Strategy (2015-2025), Lima Action Plan (2016 – 2025) and Lima Declaration. Presently, MAB has adopted a new MAB Strategy 2015-2025 together with an associated Lima Action Plan 2016-2025 to guide the MAB Programme and the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. The Strategy was endorsed by the 38th session of the UNESCO General Conference as adopted by the 27th MAB ICC.

One mission for period of 2015 – 2025 of MAB ICC is to communicate the experience and lesson learned, facilitated the global diffusion and application of models for sustainable development in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR). In practice, these could be done through creating a common understanding among stakeholders on the importance of safeguarding natural resources for the benefit of all human being, not to mention all living organisms and life supporting system. Key challenges for this has been reflected in the four strategic objectives and one among of those which is going to be the sub-theme of this panel session is the first objective stating on conserve biodiversity, restore and enhance ecosystem services, and foster the sustainable use of natural resources. These three elements of conservation, restoration and sustainable utilization action are strongly interrelated in a way that they are all trying to safeguard the natural resources which has been slowly but surely reduced mainly due to over utilization and rapid growth of human population.

The major critical challenge is how we can maintain and conserve biodiversity so that it can support all people at the global scale through a range of ecosystem services. Thus, local practices in natural resource utilization in a sustainable manner can be expanded to a wider scale at national, regional or global level through sharing lesson learned and communicating experiences through any available exchange forum at all level. WNRB can be used as powerful media to carry out effective and efficient plan to engage all stakeholders to support sustainable development in biosphere reserves. Active participation of a wide range of people from various ages, gender and various cultural back ground in supporting sustainable development goals would be of benefits in term of gaining more access to sustainable use of natural resources on earth.

Ecosystem and landscape approaches will be embodied into the natural resource utilization strategy and local good practice, notably in and around biosphere reserves provides best practices and lesson learned for all community around the world. This sub theme of discussion is indeed, in line with the Strategic Action Areas of point A and strategic lines of action under point A.1 stating that local practices and all relevant stakeholders should be taken into account during the process of biosphere reserve selection, designation, plan and implementation.




The challenges for the local community development living around the biosphere reserve and forest area remain to be resolved, including fully explore potential area for productivity development, reduce economic vulnerability, accessible to industry and market, protect resources, and balance the ecosystem.

Government, private and people partnership play a key role to promote the growth of sustainable business approach to places a foundation to improved biodiversity management for the benefit of people, especially for those living inside and surrounding the forest, utilize forest resources and to resolve conflict to achieve sustainable biodiversity reserve management and poverty alleviation.

Sub-theme “Appropriate Business Approach for Local Community Benefits” in International Conference on Biosphere Reserve: Engaging Stakeholders Towards Community Empowerment” aimed to discuss and consolidate:
(1) Enhancing benefit of local communities,
(2) Community-based and inclusive business models,
(3) Economic opportunities from business reserve management,
(4) Women’s rights and gender,
(5) Ways to promote sound business for community

Thematic Topics:
Natural Disturbances and Biodiversity Challenge
Spatial Monitoring of Biodiversity
Biodiversity Valuation
Community-based and Inclusive Business Models
Economic Opportunities from Biosphere Reserve Management
Sustainable Energy
Sustainable Livelihood
Environmental and Social Impact Assessment
Environmental Microbiology and Biomaterial
Rehabilitation and Revegetation
Green Economy



The organizing committee accepts papers for both oral and poster presentations. Please send your abstract via email to and, before the following deadlines:

Abstract Submission : 06 July 2018
Registration : 13 July 2018
Full Paper Submission : 15 July 2018



Registration Fee




USD 100

IDR 750,000.-

Participant (General)

USD 50

IDR 600,000.-

Participant (Student)

USD 50

IDR 500,000.-

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  1. Sugardjito, PhD

Director of Centre for Sustainable Energy and Resources Management (CSERM), Universitas Nasional, Indonesia.


  1. Prof. Dr. Ir. Y. Purwanto

Executive Director of The Indonesian MAB-UNESCO Program National Committee, and Research Center for Biology, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Indonesia.


  1. Dr. Leuserina Garniati

Heriot Watt University, United Kingdom

CSERM Universitas Nasional, Indonesia


  1. Prof. Dr. Entis Sutisna Halimi

Universitas Sriwijaya, Indonesia


  1. Dr. Kirsfianti L. Ginoga

Forestry and Environmental Research Development and Innovation Agency (FOERDIA), Indonesia Ministry of Environment and Forestry.


  1. Dr. Titiek Setyawati

Forestry and Environmental Research Development and Innovation Agency (FOERDIA), Indonesia Ministry of Environment and Forestry.


  1. Dr. Maman Turjaman

Forestry and Environmental Research Development and Innovation Agency (FOERDIA), Indonesia Ministry of Environment and Forestry.


  1. Dr. Hari Nugroho

Research Center for Biology, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Indonesia.


  1. Prof. Dr. Ir. Ibnu Maryanto, M.Si

Research Center for Biology, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Indonesia.


  1. Pungki Lupiyaningdyah, M.Sc

Research Center for Biology, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Indonesia.

Chairman   :

Dr. Sugardjito (Universitas Nasional, Indonesia)

Vice Chairman 1  :

Dr. Etti Ginoga (FOERDIA, Indonesia Ministry of Environment and Forestry)

Vice Chairman 2   :

Prof. Y. Purwanto (Indonesian Institute of Sciences – LIPI)

Secretary  :

Dr. Radisti A. Praptiwi (Universitas Nasional, Indonesia)

Vera Budi Lestari S., S.S., M. Hum (Indonesian Institute of Sciences)

Member of Committees :

1. Dr. Hari Nugroho

2. Dr. Anang S. Ahmadi

3. Handoyo Wahyu Purnawan

4. Dr. Dolly Priatna

5. Dr. Yayuk Siswiyanti

6. Dr. Asep Hidayat

  • Prof. Natarajan Iswaran – International Centre on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage, Beijing, China
  • Prof. Dr. Enny Sudarmonowati – Deputy for Life Sciences – LIPI, Indonesia
  • Dr. Agus Justianto – Director General of FOERDIA, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia
  • Dr. Najib Asmani – South Sumatera Government, Indonesia
  • Andy Bell – Organisational Lead for North Devon Biosphere Foundation & University of Exeter, United Kingdom
  • Prof. Dr. Fachrurrozie Sjarkowie – Universitas Sriwijaya, Indonesia
  • Prof. Dr. I Gde Pitana – Deputy Minister for International Marketing, Indonesian Ministry of Tourism, Indonesia
  • Prof. Mitsuru Osaki – Hokkaido University, Japan
  • Miguel Clüsener Godt – Director for Ecological and Earth Sciences Division, and Secretary of Man and the Biosphere (MAB) UNESCO, France

Novotel Hotel

Jalan R Sukamto No 8A
PALEMBANG, South Sumatera


Fax: (+62)711/379777

Palembang, capital city of South Sumatera province, is a port city on the Musi River.

The river, scene of a floating market, is lined with houses on stilts and spanned by the Ampera Bridge.

At the bridge’s northern end stands the palatial Museum Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II, exploring regional history. The archaeological site and sacred hill of Bukit Siguntang overlooks the city.

Land area of Palembang is 369.22 square.

Palembang’s main landmarks include Ampera Bridge and Musi River, the latter of which divides the city into two parts. The north bank of river in Palembang is known as Seberang Ilir and the south bank of the river in Palembang is known as Seberang Ulu.

Palembang will host the 2018 Asian Games.

Interesting Place in Palembang

18th Asian Games

(18th Asian Games)


Kantor Walikota

(Palembang Mayor’s Office)


Rumah Adat Limas

(Traditional House of Palembang: Limas House)

Benteng Kuto Besak

(Kuto Besak Fort)


Kampung Almunawar

(Almunawar Village)


Pulau Kemaro

(Kemaro Island)


Masjid Agung

(Palembang Central Mosque)


Pasar Sekanak

(Sekanak Market)