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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07 Mar

Press Release Final Report Asia Pasific Forestry Week (APFW) 2016 in Philippines

5th Day APFW 2016 (26 February 2016), Last Session & Closing Ceremony

After field trip yesterday, not so many people attended at the last session if we compared during first day. The session however only last until 12.30 PM and will be continued closing ceremony at 3.30 PM. Most of APFW booths was already emptied by its owner. Andre is also heading back to Airport this morning.

There is only 2 session in stream 3: serving society forestry and people today. However stream 3 was still anticipated by participants alongside with Asia Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC) meeting at next room in Fontana Convention Center.

Session one: Forest and Water in Action

The session was organized by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) representatives. At this session, we discussed about the important of water security which sometimes is forgettable by people. From summary, sustainable forest management (SFM) can be potential sollution to tackle water issues by encouraging communities to participate in sustainable land management activities.

Session two: Way Forward for People and Forests of the Asia Pacific Region in the Context of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The session was organized by Asean Social Forestry Network (ASFN) and The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC). At this session, we discussed about the impact of social forestry from local community and national perspectives, facilitated by Mr. Ronnakorn Triraganon from RECOFTC. The speaker from national representatives are ASFN and the speaker from local community representatives are community forest leader in Asia-Pacific region (including Cambodia and Malaysia).

Closing Ceremony

The closing ceremony was quite remarkable. At closing ceremony, stream leader from every stream concluded all summary of the session. From stream 3, ASFN and RECOFTC representatives concluded the sustainable development goals can be achieved if we maximize the role of local tenure, agroforestry, and communities based on local wisdom.

After that, the organizer played a interesting video that concluded all APFW 2016 session from opening ceremony, stream meetings, youth workshop, and field trip. As the honor of Mr. Patrick Durst tribute, the organizer played a dedicated video for Mr. Durst and followed by Mr. Durst speech that explained we as forester should re-enforce the local stakeholders and their roles to achieved sustainable forest management which he really hope to achieve better forest developments and sustainable living. He also announced his retirement from FAO and still contribute to society as long he can do.

The closing ceremony was ended by final performance from guest stars and orchestra, sang APFW 2016 theme song together.

Delegation APFW 2016

Andreas Ade Kristian & Michael Jose Mairing

 

 

29 Feb

Press Release Asia Pasific Forestry Week (APFW) 2016 in Philippines Part III

Day 4 – Module 1 Field Trip: Eco-Tourism and Biodiversity Module

There is no lecture class today, but it is more fun than learning only in the classroom. The field trip was separated into 3 destinations. Andre was going to module 2 and Michael was going to module 1. Here many informations what we found in module 1.

Subic, Zambales, Phillipines has ever been occupied by U.S armies since world war II, now the government give a opportunity to developer to develop commercial centers and the busiest port in Phillipines. Sometimes we found many abandoned bases of U.S armies and can be seen in somewhere in the road. The trip takes about 3 hours from Fontana Convention Center (Clark) to direct places. There are 3 main places we would like to visit here: bats conservation site, mangrove conservation site, and the bird park.

 

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Instead occupying the land, the U.S also created some conservation area by separating the wildlife and human interaction. For example, they creating some irrigation between the forest and road for conservation purposes, so human cannot enter to the forest. The bat conservation site is the one of the successfull of U.S conservation in Zambales. Until today, we still available to see bats sleeping in the tree from the road. The bat has a unique behaviour among their group, the older bat will sleeping in the top of trunks but the younger will sleeping in bottom of them. More older, more higher they able to sleep in in trunk. They also recognized as the second largest bat in the world after Batman (lol).

 

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After we disturbed bats from sleeping. We came to Triboa Bay Mangrove Park, a mangrove rehabilitation site which opened only special for APFW 2016 participants after 2 years later. However, the mangrove rehabilitation is not larger than we found in Indonesia and most of mangroves we found still in seedlings. What we know about the place is still under research. Mangroves type in here is dominated by Rhizopora sp. and Avicena sp. From mangrove rehabillitation centre we can see a beautifull sea and mountain which that around the site has ever built some villas for presidents (but it was abandoned nowadays).

 

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Furthermore, we visit JEST (Jungle Environment Survival Training) Camp to learn about forest survival that was taught by indigenous people.

Most staff in here are indigeneous people working all of time. What we found in here was their tribe is really depend with the existence of bamboos. Here we learn how to making fire, spoon, rice-cooker, and how to find water in forest. This is quite interesting because they promote their local wisdom as part of the show which rarely we ever seen in Indonesia (we have to found it by ourself). After lunch, we attended to their interesting bird show and continued our field trip to their natural forest.

The field trip was ended until 5PM. No dinner was given today.

Delegation APFW 2016

Andreas Ade Kristian & Michael Jose Mairing