25 Jun

Biodiversity Heroes: The Real Heroes in 21st Century

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Indonesia is a country that has abundant biodiversity and called as megabiodiversity country. Based on data of LIPI, Indonesian fauna diversity of the world varies of 2-85 per cent, and the wealth of flora in Indonesia against the world varies of 2-65 per cent. The existence of endemic species such as Bubalus depressicornis (Anoa) from Sulawesi and endemic plant such as Amorphophallus titanium (Bunga Bangkai) from Sumatra approved that Indonesia is a country that has a high number of biodiversity.

Biodiversity plays an important role supporting life of Indonesian people. It can be seen from the majority of the Indonesian people’s livelihoods which are engaged in agriculture, forestry, fishery, and tourism. With biodiversity, people can get income to fulfill their daily life.

In fact, with a great number of biodiversity, Indonesia is still drowning in poverty. It is happen because Indonesian people cannot take advantage of biodiversity wisely. They are more oriented to economic sectors and somehow neglect the aspect of conservation. The impact of their actions is a source of community income will be reduced and the balance of the ecosystem will be disrupted.

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24 Jun

Press Release IFSA APRM (Asia Pacific Regional Meeting) 2016 in Kyoto, Japan Part IV

The Fifth Day of Asia Pacific Regional Meeting (June 2nd, 2016)

This day started from 08.30 am for breakfast, then we had IFSA official session. We had a great announcement: Philippines was selected to be host country of APRM in 2018.  After the session, we went to to Syinko-In Temple.

Syinko-In Temple was completely constructed by Japanese cedar wood. In here, we experienced how to do meditation for relaxing and healing. The instructor said that doing meditation for 20 minutes enables us to increase our attention and consciousness.

 

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After that we went to Kyoto University for presentation session. Every LC only got 10 minutes for presentation and 3 minutes for question.
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24 Jun

Press Release 3rd IFSA APRM (Asia Pacific Regional Meeting) 2016 in Kyoto, Japan Part III

The Fourth Day of Asia Pacific Regional Meeting (June 1st , 2016)

We began the morning with the great Japanese breakfast style. We then continued our activities to Nara, which is located in the south of Kyoto. We went there by bus and the trip took about one and a half hour. The city is full of historic sites, one of them is Nara Park.

 

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Nara Park is a large park in central Nara where we can find lot of deer. There is a Buddhist temple inside it, named Todai-ji. It has Great Buddha Hall houses, the world‘s largest bronze statue of the Buddha. Before entering the temple, visitor have to wash their body by incense smoke.

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04 Jun

Press Release 3rd IFSA APRM (Asia Pacific Regional Meeting) 2016 in Kyoto, Japan Part II

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The Third Day (May 30th 2016)

In the third day, we went to Ashiu Forest Research Station, Kyoto University’s Field Science Education Center. Ashiu Research Forest Station is located in the northeastern boarden part of Kyoto perfecture, ithas a total area about 4160 Ha.

The forest is divided become two, plantation and natural forest. The plantation forest is dominated by Cryptomeri japonica, usually called japanese cedar which is a native species in Kyoto. This wood is utilized to build Japanese house and temple.

Under the tree strings are erected to prevent deer eating the bark of Japanese cedar. The natural forest is in the core of the area, and unfortunately we can not go there because it was rainy and also far.

After the tour in Ashiu Forest Research Station, we continued our activities to Miyama Kayabuki No-Sato. It is a traditional village that is surroundedby forest and rice field that were planted by society there. It has old, traditional houses that were constructed by Japanese cedar wood.

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04 Jun

Press Release 3rd IFSA APRM (Asia Pacific Regional Meeting) 2016 in Kyoto, Japan Part I

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The third Asia Pacific is being held in University of Kyoto, Japan from May 28th-June 3rd 2016!

The flight took about 12 hours to get there with a transit in Hongkong International Airport. We, David and Rika, the delegates from IFSA LC UGM, went from Soekarno Hatta International Airport at 12.05 AM and we arrived in Kansai International Airport at 12.30 PM. After we arrived there we went to Kyoto Station by bus, and after that we continued our journey by using train to get to the venue.

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