In an effort to support sustainable development, the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) is encouraging ASEAN countries to collaborate in the areas of research and utilization of biodiversity, nuclear, and space resources.
Head of BRIN, Laksana Tri Handoko, explained that through research collaboration and the utilization of available resources, each country can learn from each other and strengthen their expertise in related fields. This can result in new innovations that can advance sustainable progress and improve the well-being of communities.
Handoko emphasized the importance of strengthening research capacity and utilizing biodiversity through global collaboration. Indonesia, as the largest archipelagic country in the world with thousands of flora and fauna species found only in the country, has significant potential in the tourism, pharmaceutical, and food industries.
Moreover, Handoko pointed out the potential of nuclear technology in supporting health development. He explained that the use of nuclear genomics and stem cells can provide benefits in the health sector by allowing for a better understanding of genetic diseases, the discovery of new therapeutic targets, and the development of more effective therapies.
Handoko cited the example of genomic mapping technology with nuclear technology, which involves the use of ionizing radiation to map the genomic structure of an organism. This technology can help in preventing, diagnosing, and treating genetic diseases.
In addition to focusing on biodiversity research and nuclear technology, Handoko stressed the importance of exploring space with remote sensing, bioengineering, and bioinformatics.
With global challenges such as climate change, energy crisis, and health crisis, Handoko believes that a holistic and collaborative solution is needed.
He also mentioned the importance of space technology in monitoring and observing the earth’s environment and contributing to the field of communication and information technology.
In conclusion, BRIN is pushing for collaboration among ASEAN countries in the areas of research and utilization of resources to promote sustainable development and innovation.
The agency believes that through collaboration, countries can learn from each other and work together to tackle global challenges and improve the well-being of communities.