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ICASA (Integrated Conservation and Social-Act) 2017

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On March 21st, forester from all over the country celebrates International Day of Forest including International Forestry Students’ Association Local Committee Universitas Gadjah Mada (IFSA LC UGM). Annually celebrating this important day towards forest, IFSA LC UGM held Integrated Conservation and Social-Act or shortly called ICASA by combining two aspects which were forestry and livestock, also it is located in Kaliurang Timur Village.

The problem is, society are facing the difficulty to find the area to fulfill their optimum forage for their livestock because most of the area is full by houses and other buildings that provide their daily activities. However, the area of their house is also near National Park of Gunung Merapi which was their main source of livestock just before it was declared officially by the government. Nowadays, some of them are still taking grass or any plants that are proper to fulfill their forage’s needed. That kind of activity is considered illegal based on the government’s regulation about the ecosystem of National Park cannot be disturbed by any kind of human activities for the sake of keeping the flora and fauna inside of it. Therefore, this year IFSA LC UGM brought the theme of Optimizing Land for a Better Livestock so it will bring a win-win situation towards the ecosystem of National Park of GunungMerapi and the livestock itself.

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ICASA was being held by Human Resource Development (HRD) Commission for two days, starting from April 21st until 22nd 2017. The first day consisted of three agenda. The first agenda along with Pusat Kesehatan Hewan (PUSKESWAN), IFSA LC UGM gave a mini seminar about livestock’s health for the villagers in Kaliurang Timur with the help from drh. Felisitas Kristiyanti. She explained to the local people who have cows and goats about different types of disease and how to cure them in a simple yet effective way and how to maintain livestock’s health in any condition. Later on the evening, the second section joined by IFSA LC UGM member was about environmental’s education for kids by teaching them basic information about the importance of taking care of our environment. The last agenda was called “Sarasehan” or a sharing discussion with local villagers who delivered their problems with the hope of a real solution. With more than 20 local villagers, this agenda lasted for 2 hours with the help of Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) lecturer, Dr. Eny Faridah who is an expert in Silviculture and Agroforestry matters.
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On April 22nd 2017, more than 200 seeds of  Sengon (Paraserianthes falcataria) or its local name is Sengon, it was given to local villagers. Not only that, IFSA LC UGM member helped some of the villager who asked for their help to directly plant the seeds in their area. The reason of choosing Sengon was because of its criteria that fitted the requirements as forage. Also, it will grow easily because the physical condition of Kaliurang Timur Village match perfectly to what Sengon needs in order to grow. After that, they were doing a research provided by Forest Education Commission in order to know the consumption of livestock by identifying the species above the ground. It used the sampling method with a 5×5 meter steel and located in the area that local villagers used as source to find forages.

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