22
February

Indonesian President Joko Widodo said that he still has not signed the Law on the People's Consultative Assembly, the People's Legislative Assembly, the Regional House of Representatives, and the Regional Representative Council -MD3. The President wants an in-depth review of the Act. After attending the National Zikr and the Opening of the National Working Meeting of Dhikikir Hubbul Wathon Assembly, in Jakarta on Wednesday (21/2), the President said he understood the concerns in society related to the MD3 Law passed by the House of Representatives some time ago. The President hopes that Law on MD3 will not be the cause of the declining quality of democracy in Indonesia.

“I understand the unrest in the society. Many say that law and ethics are mixed up here. Some say, politics and law are mixed up. Those are the opinions I read, which I heard in the community. I do not think we all want to undermine the quality of our democracy. But until now it is already on my table, I have not signed, until now I have not signed, because I want to have in-depth study, whether I need to sign it or not,” the President said.

 
The President further said that he would not issue a Government Regulation in Lieu of Law related to the ratification of the new MD3 Law. Nevertheless, according to the President, based on the regulation, the public has the opportunity to sue the law to the Constitutional Court if they are not satisfied with the House's decision. (VOI/Ndy/AHM)

22
February

At least 3,000 personnel of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency -BNPB and the Regional Disaster Mitigtaion Agency -BPBD in Indonesia took part in the National Working Meeting in Nusa Dua, Bali. BNPB Head Willem Rampangilei told reporters at Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center, Wednesday (21/2) the working meeting was to discuss the performance evaluation of National Disaster Management Agency and Regional Disaster Management Agency in 2017. According to him, the evaluation will be the basis of his agenda in preparing the working strategy of 2018.


Therefore, in this meeting we must, one, set priorities. Secondly, we can no longer deal with disaster in traditional ways, no longer with business as usual. We need innovation, breakthrough, technology utilization, capacity building development,” Willem Rampangilei said.


The Head of the National Disaster Management Agency explained that in 2017, his agency has succeeded in reducing the risk of disaster management. It can be seen from the death toll due to natural disaster that occurred in Indonesia. According to him, the condition is supported by the preparedness and awareness of all related stakeholders. Not only the government, but also the community played an active role in reducing the risk of natural disasters in 2017. The National Working Meeting attended by a number of Ministers of Work Cabinet took place from 21 to 23 February. (KBRN/ Hikmat Raharjo/AHM)

21
February
 
The Indonesian Research Center for Oceanography of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences-LIPI commemorates its 113th anniversary. With a long history, the LIPI Research Center for Oceanography has contributed to the national development, particularly in the field of marine science and technology. Head of the LIPI Research Center for Oceanography, Dr Dirhamsyah, on Tuesday 20/2 in Jakarta, after opening Oceanography Science Week 2018 said the center is targeting to build a national data center.
"We hoped to be an embryo from the national oceanographic data center. During the time Indonesia has not had a formal marine data center. We will start for that and our target in 2019 or 2020 we will appear with a building which is specifically built for national data center," Dirhamsyah said. 
Dirhamsyah further explained, in the year 2019 he also targets to have data of coral reefs and seaweed throughout Indonesia, because so far, there has not been a complete data about the status of coral reefs and seaweed in the country. The data is very useful not only science but also for making a decision. The data can also be useful for policy making in the field of tourism in effort of coral reef transplantion and so forth. LIPI also has a very important physics oceanography data for marine safet. (VOI/Sekar/NT)    
21
February
 
Research Center for Oceanography of Indonesian Institute of Sciences-LIPI will conduct a research on Marine Debris or marine waste in Indonesia. The waste is one of the complex problems faced by people who live near the coastal area. Head of the LIPI Oceanographic Center, Dr Dirhamsyah, in Jakarta Tuesday 20/2, after opening the Oceanography Science Week 2018 said, that in various international environmental fora, Indonesia is often considered as the world's second largest producer of plastic waste in the world. He doubted whether Indonesia becomes the largest marine waste producer after China. According to Dirhamsyah, the assessment of various international forums has not been validated, it is only based on statistic data or sample. Therefore, LIPI will conduct real research related to marine debris in Indonesia.
"We must help the government, explaining to the world that it is not true. From a scientific context it is acceptable. So we hope in 2019 we can get solution to prevent the number of Waste volume and we can also provide input, what steps should be done, because we want to know the existence of the waste, through our research," said Dirhamsyah.
Dirhamsyah further explained, the study was conducted through a visit to the final dump to measure the volume of waste that run into the sea. The research will also produce data about the existence of the waste. Researcher of the Center for Oceanographic Research LIPI, Reza Cordova said that LIPI will work with universities and NGOs, to assess the number and character of waste in Indonesia. After that it will conduct a study on microplastic at sea.(VOI/Sekar/Nt)