Wakatobi regency, Southeast Sulawesi, and Microsoft Indonesia signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Friday in Jakarta for information technology assistance in biodiversity enhancement research. “The cooperation with Microsoft is an initial step for the development of Wakatobi regency,” Wakatobi Regent Hugua said.
The company will contribute to the development of the research by providing software to help researchers assess and communicate biodiversity data. “We will also organize training sessions [for researchers], such as how to manage databases, and present and share them interactively,” Microsoft Indonesia’s president director Sutanto Hartono said. Microsoft national technology officer Tony Seno said the project would begin when the researchers had agreed to collaborate and submit data. “We need photos, and information on species and their characteristics, and the condition of its habitat, such as the depth of sea water and temperature, from researchers.”
Tony added implementing the technology would be problematic. “One of the main constraints is the lack of communication capacity, such as a slow internet connection.” Wakatobi is in the center of the coral triangle, where the Banda and Flores seas meet. It is home to 942 species of fish and 750 of the world’s 850 coral reef species. The reefs are distributed across 90,000 hectares out of the region’s total 1.4 million hectares. The region has 39 islands, seven of which are inhabited. — JP/map
Source: The Jakarta Post – March 15, 2010