Faculty of Biology, Universitas Medan Area (UMA) held a public lecture with the theme “Butterfly Biodiversity & Conservation Efforts” on Monday, October 7th, 2019 which was held at the Convention Hall of Campus I, Universitas Medan Area.
The public lecture was attended and opened directly by the Rector of Universitas Medan Area, Prof. Dr. Dadan Ramdan, M.Eng, M.Sc, Vice Rector of Academic Affairs Dr. Ir. Hj. Siti Mardiana, M.Sc, Vice Rector of Collaboration Dr. Ir. H. Zulheri Noer, MP.
Also present, Dean of the Faculty of Biology Dr. Mufti Sudibyo, M.Si, Vice Dean of Academic Affairs, Dra. Sartini, M.Sc, Vice Dean of Student Affairs, Abdul Karim, S.Si, M.Si, Chair of GreenMetric, Ida Fauziah, S.Si, M.Si and Biology Faculty lecturers and Biology Faculty students.
This public lecture presented speakers from Universitas Syiah Kuala, Dr. Suwarno, M.Si, experienced in butterfly conservation efforts.
The event began with remarks from the Medan Area University Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Dadan Ramdan, M.Eng, M.Sc. He explained “the public lecture aims to improve students’ insights about butterflies, their types, and how to take conservation steps considering the habitat of butterflies that have started to become extinct, UMA has also made a breeding of butterflies, but apparently not yet optimal, for that the need for guidance in conservation of these butterflies “, said Prof. Dadan. Then the program continued with the prayer led by Dr. Hasrat Effendi, MA.
In his explanation, Dr. Suwarno, M.Si explained what the purpose of conservation of butterflies is, “These butterflies are unique, beautiful, attractive, colorful, useful, and also economical, in terms of economics, butterflies. butterfly has a type that has a value of IDR 4 million. Of course, every advantage, butterflies also have shortcomings that are threatened with extinction “, he explained.
He also explained morphologically, species, taxonomy, the differences between daytime butterflies and butterflies at night, the life cycle of butterflies, and how their conservation efforts were through feeding.
Dr. Suwarno, M.Si also explained what needs to be done in butterfly conservation as well as butterfly habitat threats. “There needs to be rescue from the community, non-governmental organizations, and the government in conducting education and research as well as action / conservation, as well as regulations, laws and management that need serious attention by the government” he said.
The event was closed by conducting a question and answer session by students and also Dr. Suwarno, M.Si provided additional material in the form of technical guidance related to tips and steps in conducting butterfly breeding that is good and right.