BRIDGING COASTAL RESEARCH PROGRAM BETWEEN INDONESIA AND JAPAN
The JSPS Core-to-core Program Research and Education Network on coastal ecosystems in Southeast Asia (RENSEA: 2016-19) has been benefited both scientists, Indonesian and Japanese. The program consisted of three main groups (G) i.e., G1 : Physical Oceanography, G2 : Biodiversity, and G 3: Marine pollution. Considering geographical area of Indonesia, managing the joint research was very challenging issue. Moreover, the active members, funding and reorganization of research institutions were also other constraints at national level. Reorganization of research institution at national level has been impacted the performance of many scientists during the last two years. The funding as an engine of research execution also became highly competitive in recent years. Therefore, at national level, each research group should be more active and try to secure funding. Several funding scheme are available such as, demand-driven- research program under COREMAP CTI Program, LPDP Research scheme, and INSINAS Research Fund. At regional level, a closer communication is needed if the research projects to be benefited to all groups. From the management perspective, there is a need of basic changes in order to adapt to global trend of marine science. We recommend that the joint research can be developed based on the joint supervisory of graduate students, and assist the research project. At the end of the project, the joint research results publications and degree of young member of the Indonesia-JSPS team. By this approach, the JSPS will have more significant benefit to the development of coastal science and research cooperation.
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