The Municipality of Wakatobi to Develop a Biodiversity Research Center with the Use of Microsoft's Latest Technology

Jakarta, 12 March 2010 - Located on the world's coral triangle center, Wakatobi is the coral-richest region in the world enjoying 750 different coral biodiversities under its sea. Realizing the importance of preserving environmental assets, the Wakatobi administration embraces the Government, researchers, and private sectors to work together to actively preserve those assets.

At the present time, the administration is building "the International Center of Excellence" for biodiversity research activities through the framework of Public Private Partnership (PPP).

Therefore, Wakatobi adopts one of the world's high-class technologies through a joint cooperation with PT Microsoft Indonesia in developing an information technology system to be applied for research activities.

"Innovation and development of information technology for biodiversity research in our region is very important. Information on biodiversity and the protection of intellectual property right should have a good understanding from the people as well. Indeed, we are always innovating and neutral to use the best technology to perform rapid transformation of research and encourage sustainable economic growth," said Ir. Hugua, the Regent of Wakatobi.

This initiative is indeed a real form of action in the level of local government to support the biodiversity conservation in the area of Wakatobi National Park.

"We fully support the development of biodiversity research in Wakatobi as a form of our commitment in implementing the partnership with the government through the framework of PPP," Sutanto Hartono, the Microsoft Indonesia's President Director, said. "We all also hope that this initiative will enhance the welfare of Wakatobi's people and reduce the digital gap in this country as well."

The development cooperation of International Center of Excellence, Marine Research Center will include:

  • Biodiversity Research:
    Providing supports to research communities in Wakatobi with technology, database, forum, and resources that can build practice communities that can support, cooperate and access biodiversity data. Facilitating Wakatobi researchers to integrate information and communication technology into community-based research activities in beneficial ways.
  • Capacity Building:
    Organizing several training workshops to increase the capacity among research communities in Wakatobi to actively use information and communication technology in biodiversity research.

This joint partnership is a real form of a neutral innovation and technology-based local development policy as well as a cooperation among governments, communities, and private sectors through Public Private Partnership (PPP) framework.

About Wakatobi Regency
Wakatobi is a new autonomous region in the province of Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia. This district capital is located at Wangi-Wangi, established under Law No. 29 of 2003 dated December 18, 2003. The total area is 1.39 million ha in 2009, and has a population of 101,475 inhabitants. Wakatobi is also a name for a national park established in 1996, with a total area of 1.39 million ha, regarding marine biodiversity, scale and condition of coral; which occupies one of the highest priority position of marine conservation in Indonesia.

Wakatobi Regency has been awarded many national prestigious awards, such as:

  1. Citra Bhakti Abdi Negara Award 2010, the highest national award from president for public policy implementation.
  2. Satya Lencana Pembangunan 2008
  3. International Leadership MDGs Award 2009
  4. World Wildlife Fund Award 2009
  5. DKP National Marine Conservation Award 2009
  6. Indonesia Tourism Award 2009
  7. PKPD PU Award 2009
  8. Metro TV MDGs Award 2009

About Microsoft
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*In the picture: CEO of HD Asia Advisory, Bernardus Djonoputro (center), speaks during the MOU signing session between the Government of Wakatobi and PT Microsoft Indonesia regarding Wakatobi's Marine Research Center, on Friday (12/03) at Jakarta. Flanking him are the Regent of Wakatobi, Ir. Hugua (right), and National Technology Officer of PT Microsoft Indonesia, Ir. Tony Seno Hartono (left), HD Asia Advisory provides strategic advisory services to help bridging the partnership of both parties.