Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia seeks to underline the importance of combining local wisdom with science and technology to encourage sustainable living during the G20's Culture Ministers' Meeting in September, Education, Culture, Research, and Technology Ministry stated.

Since it is impossible to go back to the past, combining local culture with science and technology has become important, the Ministry's Cultural Director General Hilmar Farid noted during the FMB9 virtual discussion on Thursday.

G20 is an international forum comprising 19 countries that work together to handle major issues. Indonesia is holding the presidency of the grouping this year.

Farid cited a study as an example wherein it states that mangrove ecosystem management conducted on the basis of tradition can potentially generate US$20 thousand per hectare on an annual basis.

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However, generating this figure depends not only on local wisdom but also research, management, and technology to further optimize the existing tradition.

People have, since long, known several local cultures and wisdom that are still relevant to our life to this day, he affirmed.

"The culture here sees it as a source to produce a long-term, sustainable solution," he explained.

Indonesia's G20 Presidency, during the Cultural G20 Forum, encourages global funding for culture to push for the expansion of a sustainable lifestyle and expedite the empowerment and development of an art and culture-based economy.

Moreover, during the event, Farid noted that Indonesia's G20 Presidency laid the foundation for cultural global funding that receives support from member countries, though technical discussions concerning the operation are underway.

The G20 Culture Ministers' Meeting will be held at the Borobudur Temple, Magelang, Central Java, in September. In addition to the meeting, other events comprise the cultural parade, G20 orchestra, and earth ritual.

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Translator: Prisca T V, Fadhli Ruhman
Editor: Suharto
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