Project Objective

  1. To strengthen cooperation between Indonesian universities and TAMUS faculty to establish university curricula in environmental sciences, especially related to biodiversity, that is strong in science and having demonstrable practical application for economic benefit, food security, and environmental conservation

    Expected Outcomes

    • Courses developed and/or syllabi shared among Institut Pertanian Bogor, Universitas Udayana, and Universitas Sam Ratulangi by year 3 in the following areas: tropical forest plants, economics of biodiversity and food security, regulation of forests and rights to plant genetics, analysis of plant compounds for health, plant geography in Indonesia, and processing and marketing tropical plant products; and
    • At least one hundred (100) students per university enrolled in a
      biodiversity course at Institut Pertanian Bogor, Universitas Udayana, and Universitas Sam Ratulangi by year 3 (for a total of at least three hundred (300) students).
  2. To establish cooperative research leading to the identification of previously underutilized plant-derived compounds which are beneficial to human and animal health, and of economic benefit to local communities that cultivating the resource plant materials, besides protecting wild plant and animal populations

    Expected Outcomes

    • Cultivation practices developed for nine (9) wild plants
      by the end of year 3 (about three each at Institut Pertanian Bogor, Universitas Udayana, and Universitas Sam Ratulangi, respectively).
  3. To establish university-led community education programs that lead to a broad popular understanding of the need and ways to conserve natural resources as a path to assuring the health and welfare of the future generations of Indonesian and fellow humanity

    Expected Outcomes

    • Fifteen hundred (1,500) community members trained in biodiversity by the end of year 3 (about five hundred (500) each through Institut Pertanian Bogor, Universitas Udayana and Universitas Sam Ratulangi)
  4. To increase jobs, incomes, productivity and product quality of enterprises based upon underutilized and little known plants while conserving and protecting biodiversity

    Expected Outcomes

    • Fifteen (15) such entrepreneurs will operate by the end of year 3 (about five (5) in the regions of Institut Pertanian Bogor, Universitas Udayana, and Universitas Sam Ratulangi, respectively)