20 Jun

Press Release: Talkshow#1 “Self Explore by Exploring Through Scholarship”


Saturday, 12th June 2021 || With the theme ‘Self Explore by Exploring Through Scholarship’, Human Resource Development Commission held the first Talkshow in June, 2021. Talkshow #1’s objectives are to provide information regarding the urgency and knowledge of student exchange scholarships and also increase the enthusiasm of participants in registering for student exchange activities in the forestry sector.

In this project we invited Mr. Bayu Anggita Kusuma as a speaker. Mr. Bayu Anggita is one of the Forestry Undergraduate Students at Universitas Gadjah Mada who received a student exchange scholarship through JASSO (Japanese Association Student Support Organization) Exchange Program Awardee and already has a lot of experience during the selection stage.

Mr. Bayu explained that there are several things to get the scholarship, with the main condition being a 4th year active student. Another requirement is to send administrative documents and registration forms. The next stage is an interview session related to the research plan to be carried out, the activities, and the advantages and disadvantages that we have. Mr. Bayu also explained his struggles, the benefits, and the activities after receiving the scholarship. Due to the pandemic, Mr. Bayu hasn’t been able to come to Japan and only attends online classes. Last, he said “if you want to get a scholarship, you must be consistent and always remember the life plan that has been written”.

At the Q & A session there were 7 questions from participants, and the best two questions were awarded with door prizes. Overall, there were 46 people attended Talkshow #1. We as the committee would like to thank the participants who have enlivened this event. We hope that all our objectives in this event can be delivered and many forestry students will receive this scholarship.

20 Jun

Press Release Workshop Personal Branding: Make A Brand Called “You” with LinkedIn


Saturday, April 24th 2021 || For the first time, Human Resource Development Commission of IFSA LC UGM held the workshop project in 2021. The objectives of the workshop project are to provide insight and knowledge about personal branding, to introduce LinkedIn and how to create a LinkedIn account, and to increase skills in writing a LinkedIn profile of IFSA LC UGM members.

For this project we invited Mr. Ikhbal Fadillah to become the speaker and show us his know-hows. Mr. Ikhbal Fadillah is very well versed in LinkedIn, he uses it to connect his personal branding profile to other people, to get the recommendation from people, and to showcase his soft skills and various experiences.

Before the event started Mr. Ikhbal gave us a few important points where what we do in life should be valuable to other people, relate back to our goals, and we should never give up on whatever we are doing. Then he talked about CVs and what makes a good CV. He mentioned that to make our CV better, it should showcase our best photo, have an interesting headline, tell our journey, and be up to date. Then he ended his presentation with a quote, “The key of personal branding is telling your journey story, genuine, and be valuable”.

At the Q&A session, we allowed at least two participants to pose their questions and in turn, they will get an opportunity for doorprize. There were 24 participants also who followed the event with respect. We, as the committee, are very thankful to all participants because the workshop went smoothly from beginning to end. We hope participants are able to learn about something from our event and we wish for the success of future projects.

17 Jun


On 11th June 2021, Language Commission of IFSA LC UGM returned with the third English Club in this year. In this EC we are relishing some engrossing game. The purpose of this event is to have fun with other IFSA LC UGM members by sing along together and increase our music playlist

We took the theme “Musicophile Night” for this third English Club. We chose this theme because on this night we want to relax our body and mind by music before having final exams. We hope everyone can get new music playlists and enjoy interesting games. Despite having some issues during the event, this English Club was really fun and better than previous.

              There will be more English Clubs in the future. Stay tuned and follow our social media for further information, have a nice day! ☺

15 Jun


Hello everyone!!
We would like to share our experience on the 8th “Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting (APRM)” which was held on 1st—3rd June 2021 organized by LC Hokkaido University, Japan via Zoom Meeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. IFSA LC UGM sent two delegates, Anastasya Tesalonika Ambarita and Faiha Azka Azzahira, to this meeting.

On the first day of Remote APRM 2020, we were welcomed by the Head of the 8th APRM Organizing Committee, Yumiko Hongu and President of IFSA, Alina Lehikoinen.

Then, we were introduced to Hokkaido Forest and Hokkaido University by Yumiko Hongu. She talked about the geography of Hokkaido which is located in the north of Japan and classified to have a subarctic climate (boreal climate) according to Köppen climate classification. The total forest area in Japan is around 25,050,000 ha and the area of forest in Hokkaido is around 5,540,000 ha.

In the third session, Professor Keiichi Koda presented a lecture on “Woody Biomass Refinery, Its Significance and Future Perspective”. Professor Koda explained that forest biomass (woody biomass) is attractive from a viewpoint of resource of material and energy because forest biomass shows the highest abundance (over 90%) among all biomass resources on the earth. It has sustainable use for balancing environmental conservation and resource exploitation and it’s possible in principle. Use of forest biomass as an industrial resource also can avoid competition with other types of biomass utilization, such as food production. Then, we talked about biorefinery (biomass refinery). Biorefinery means a refinery that converts biomass to energy and other beneficial by-products. For example, direct combustion, particle board, etc. It also includes application of woody biomass-derived products consisting of a variety of cellulose-based products around our daily life like paper, cosmetic dispersant, and protection film for liquid crystal display.

The next session was the second lecture by Prof. Junko Morimoto titled “How to Mitigate and Adapt to the Climate Change in Forest Ecosystems”. Here, Prof. Morimoto gave an example about typhoon cases, and explained that climate change risk arises when hazzard (strong winds and heavy rain), exposure (topographical features), and vulnerability (forest structure) overlap. There are three ways to reduce the risk of typhoons by minimizing hazzard, vulnerability, and exposure with promotion of CO2 assimilation and CO2 emission control, making forest structure with high resistance, and safe topographic features. Prof. Morimoto also explained how the Japanese policy salvage logging and planting in the form of compensation for economic losses, prevent forest fire, and prevent the mass attack from bark beetles and recommended forest management disasters. Mitigation and adaptation to climate change is done by planting conifers to avoid deer foraging, use species other than Fir (Abies s.) to encourage natural succession in the form of regeneration from advanced seedlings and fallen trees.

At last, we were introduced to the Regional Representatives voting process by Christina Ayu and Kent Daniel, the Asia-Pacific Regional Representatives (APRR). Then, proceeded with the speech from each APRR candidate.

On the first session of day 2, we had a workshop session and discussed “Community Forest and Challenges for Forestry Students under The New Normal” with Ms. Jana Thuaud, as the Program Officer of Partnerships and Resource Mobilization in RECOFTC. Here, she explained about the five principles of successful community forestry consisting of adaptive management and learning, availability of natural resources, effective governance and participation, rights and institutional setting, and addressing community needs.

Then, the participants were divided into breakout rooms to have further discussion of the workshop materials.

For the last session, each LC presented the results of their research followed by a Q&A session. Here, we presented our research regarding the impact of COVID-19 on our forestry titled “The Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic towards Eco-Tourism Activities in Kalibiru Local Community Forest”.

The last day of the 8th APRM began with the introduction of APRM 2022 which will be held in Taiwan. Here, Che Yen Chuang from NCHUFSA (Taiwan) did a presentation about their country, and their plans for APRM 2022.
(Figure 11. Introduction about IFSA by Daniel kent and Christina Ayu. Source: Yumiko Hongu)
After that, we had an IFSA Workshop with our Regional Representatives, Christina Ayu and Kent Daniel as speakers. Here, we were explained further about IFSA.

At last, came the announcement for best presentations and the pre-selected Asia-Pacific Regional Representatives (APRR) 2021. The award for “The Best Overall Presentation” was given to us, IFSA LC UGM, while the award for “The Most Unique Presentation” was given to LC AFFS-UPLB (Philippines). Then came the long awaited result for the next APRR which was given to Sofia Anne from AFSS-UPLB and Ali Baluee from IFSA LC Sanru.

Finally, we moved to International Night. Each country showcased their own culture to other APRM participants. Here, we introduced our country Indonesia, especially the location of our Local Committee, Yogyakarta. We also introduced our traditional clothes, the function of Batik as Wayang, traditional food, and Yogyakarta’s tourism. Other LCs also presented really interesting features of their country, most memorable to us are from LC Hokkaido (Japan) who presented the traditional bow and arrow dance in Japan, and From LC AFSS-UPLB (Philippines) introduced their traditional food namely Halo-Halo. Through this meeting we were able to learn from wonderful presenters as well as have a good time with the new friends we made. We want to thank parties who have guided us for all the help and support! We are looking forward to the 9th APRM in Taiwan!

13 Jun

Press Release IFSA Collaboration (I-CON) #1 “Span the Horizon: Counting Down the End Point of Palm Oil Moratorium, Who Will Be the Next One to Suffer?” Forestry Education Commission (FenC)

Even with the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemics, it could not stop the spirit of IFSA LC UGM to hold a project. IFSA Collaboration or I-CON is an agenda of Forestry Education Commission (FenC) mainly to connect IFSA LC UGM and other IFSA LCs both nationally or internationally. Other than that, it also enhances members’ critical thinking concerning local forestry issues. Our first edition of I-CON which was held on June 5th, 2021 with its theme “Span the Horizon: Counting Down the End Point of Palm Oil Moratorium, Who Will Be the Next One to Suffer?”, we invited IFSA LC UNHAS from Universitas Hasanuddin.

Though there was a bit of technical problem, the event overall went smoothly. The Master of Ceremony (MC), Muhammad Zuhair, opened the project at 08.40 (UTM+7) and followed by an opening speech from the Project Officer, President of IFSA LC UGM, and President of IFSA LC UNHAS. Afterwards, Rizka Afif Muhammad as the presenter of IFSA LC UGM briefly introduced IFSA LC UGM. Followed by Adit Rinaldi Mponoi, who is the presenter from IFSA LC UNHAS. Next session was a Question and Answer (QnA) time for participants who are curious about each IFSA LC agendas, publication of organization, etc.

The last main session was a discussion panel about the project theme, Palm Oil Moratorium. It started at 09.55 (UTM+7) with a presentation from FenC in terms of Instruksi Presiden No. 8 Tahun 2018 which mentioned the urgency and mechanism of palm oil moratorium. The discussion occurred densely with many participants giving their thoughts on the floor. Some of them also asked a couple of questions regarding the topic. At the end of I-CON #1, we announced two winners who gave the most critical perspectives, they are Tri Nadia from IFSA LC UNHAS and Naufal Noor from IFSA LC ULM. Last but not least, we documented our project with a photo session with all of the participants. I-CON #1 was closed with much happiness and togetherness all around the meeting room. What a great day! Truly cannot wait for the next collaboration!