RBGE and Indonesia – biodiversity science for a sustainable future

Indonesia is an archipelago of over 17,000 islands, covering just 1.3% of the world’s land area but with 10% of the planet’s plant species, in seven major biogeographic regions. The extensive rain forests of Indonesia are poorly explored and contain many species not yet known to science. This biodiversity faces threats including logging, palm oil plantation expansion and habitat degradation.


Bukit Tigapuluh National Park

Understanding and conserving the plants of Indonesia is a priority for the RBGE-Indonesia team which has over 50 years experience of implementing a diverse programme of high impact biodiversity science in Indonesia.  Our Research Programme includes:

  • Plant species inventories of poorly explored forests
  • Establishment of permanent plots to monitor forest dynamics
  • Provision of taxonomic expertise to verify and produce baseline botanical data
  • Capacity building of forest stakeholders in plant identification and conservation
  • Production of user friendly identification guides
  • Publishing high impact scientific papers
  • Investigation of biogeographic patterns
  • Identification of geographic gaps in plant biodiversity
  • Cultivation and propagation of living plants to facilitate restoration projects