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Indonesia's biodiversity under serious threat: LIPI

  • Adianto P. Simamora

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 24 2010   /  11:00 am

The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) urged the public and government Saturday to improve awareness about conserving Indonesia's precious biodiversity, which is under threat from population growth and deforestation. The LIPI's Umar Anggara Jenie, said that Indonesia should do more to save its vast biodiversity, which plays a pivotal role in providing essential needs, such as food. "We need to do more taxonomy *classifying organism* and conservation," Umar said at an event held in observance of the International Day for Biological Diversity at Cibinong Science Center in Bogor, West Java. The theme of this year's observance was Biodiversity for Development and Poverty Alleviation. The event also featured an exhibition on biodiversity, conservation and a seminar. According to the LIPI, Indonesia boats more than 38,000 species of plants, of which 55 percent are nat...