18 May

Press Release: 2nd Wall Magazine “IFSA LC UGM in The 3rd Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit: Youth Representative in Combating Climate Change and Environmental Issues”

Author: Dian Tahari

The 3rd Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit (APRS) “Protecting Forests and People, Supporting Economic Growth”

APRS is part of the Asia-Pacific Rainforest Partnership (APRP), which supports the implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement and encourages the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in the region. This year, APRS was held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on 23rd until 25th April 2018 with the theme “Protecting forests and people, supporting economic growth”. The 3rd Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit (APRS) comes after the landmark global agreements reached in 2015 through the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (cifor.org).

The 3rd APRS have seven subthemes which form a starting point for the selection of discussion topics. The seven subthemes consist of:

  • Forests in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)
  • Restoration and Sustainable Management of Peatlands
  • Forest Finance, Investment and Trade
  • Production Forests
  • Community Forestry
  • Ecotourism and Conservation of Biodiversity
  • Mangroves and Blue Carbon

IFSA got a special place as one of booth exhibitor to present our activities and project in the 3rd APRS. A day before APRS started, we held Youth Session “Intergenerational discussion to take the lead and inspire action” as the pre-event of 3rd APRS. In the first day, there were opening speech by regional ministers and other high-level speakers. In this day, there were two high-level panels: one on forests in NDCs and the other on operationalizing REDD+ at the subnational level. In the second day, we had four parallel session in the morning and four parallel session in the afternoon. The sessions discussed the 2018 APRS subthemes.

Based on the discussion, we got result of each subtheme:

  • In the forest in NDCs panel, Asia-Pacific countries representatives reached an agreement that forestry sector is important to NDCs, and Paris Agreement goals couldn’t be achieved without forest. We need better communication between all stakeholders in order to step further towards our goals.
  • The discussion results in Peatlands session are the moratorium of peatlands and one map policy, determined the peatland hydrological units in Indonesia into cultivation and protection zones; peatlands restoration can be conducted through hydrological restoration and rehabilitation vegetation.
  • In Forest Finance, Investment and Trade session, speakers highlighted the needs for early cooperation between governments, investors, civil and private society, and other stakeholders to make financing work.
  • In the Production Forests session, speakers said that Reduced Impact Logging (RIL), forest certification, forest landscape management, and forests restoration are some of the best practices of production forests utilization and management.
  • In the two Community Forestry panels (policy and implementations panel), the speakers talked about the need for government support and business-to-business partnerships. They also highlighted the role of trust and good relationship at the community level to encourage conflict resolution, and that social inclusion and gender equity need to be taken into account.
  • Ecotourism and Conservation of Biodiversity session focused on three things: Local People, Responsible Travel, and Conservation. These three focuses need guidelines from the government, local people, private sector, and other major parties (visitor, NGOs).
  • In the Mangrove and Blue Carbon session, speakers gave some recommendations for Sustainable Mangrove Management such as minimizing land use change of mangrove areas, maintain the mangrove existence, and also increasing the community engagement in mangrove management.

In the last day, we joined field trip to KPHP Kayu Putih and Mount Merapi National Park. Some members of IFSA LC UGM became liaison officers for the participants who joined the field trip in Mount Merapi National Park. We learned a lot about the water conservation and management in Merapi National Park. This national park is the source of water for most of regions in Yogyakarta, which is the reason why water conservation being an important task to do. Some ecotourism spots  in Merapi National Park that we visited were Kali Kuning and Umbul Penganten springs. Meanwhile, the KPHP Kayu Putih trip showed visitors how kayu putih essential oil is made, from harvesting the plants to extracting and processing the oil.

As the result of our participation and involvement in the 3rd APRS, IFSA LC UGM made a wall magazine titled “IFSA LC UGM in the 3rd Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit: Youth Representative in Combating Climate Change and Environmental Issues”. All of the content were designed by Media Commission and the making process were done with a lot of help from IFSA LC UGM Directions and commissioners. The wall magazine is addressed to all of students in Faculty of Forestry UGM who couldn’t attend this event, so they can get the information of the 3rd APRS. By spreading these information, it could also encourage people to take part in reducing carbon emission through small actions in our daily life.

Want to know more about the 3rd APRS? Let’s check our new wall magazine in front of Faculty of Forestry’s library. Hope you guys like it and got plenty of useful information from it. Happy reading!

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