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.




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).




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).



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




26 Feb

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

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The Youth Forestry Summit was held yesterday, February 24th 2016. This event was jointly organized by International Forestry Student’s Association (IFSA) along with the OC of APFW 2016. Moderated by Paula Sarigumba, this event was opened by the opening speech from Dean Dr. Willie P. Abasolo of UPLB-CFNR and President For. Tommy Valdes of SFFI. There were also some presentations in this session, the first presentation was from the coordinator of IFSA-IUFRO Joint Task Force on Forest Education, Magdalena Lackner. She was adressing the global action plan for forestry education, starting from the challenges (such as lack of social recognition) to some of work packages that contain some tools on improving forestry education.

The next presenter was Ratchada Arpornsilp from RECOFTC-The Center for People And Forest, she talked about empowering the youth to be the champions of Community Forestry (CF), why the youth should involved in CF, and current issues on CF and youth such astradional identity loss from youth perspectives, out-migration, unwillingness to be accepted as rural people, and limited access and support. RECOFTC program is about youth involvement in forest policy decision making platform, youth leadership, and promoting sustainable forest management among youth.

Veronica Leung, the IFSA’s Asia Pasific Regional Representative (APRR) was also presenting the forestry in Taiwan. She’s addressing about the forest area that covers up to 58% of Taiwan’s landmass, its conditions and also challenges. The fact is, Taiwan get their 99% supply for their timber demands by importing the timber from overseas. This is because the lack of labour and the high environtmentalist mindset of Taiwanese.

There was also a very interesting program from Pulangiyen Youth Foresters that unfortunately lack of propoer education background, it is called as Indigeneous People’s Forestry Project.They teach youth people in Bukidnon, Mindanao, to manage the 50 ha of CF and also agroforestry based on their daily activities and interaction with forest.

In the middle of this session there was a energizing ice breaking from IFSA members. Then we continue our discussion and workshop about what do foresters like in the future and how do you see foresters in 30 years from now by a series of discussion then converted it to an infographic that looks like a front cover of the magazine.

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In the end of the session we have an opportunity to talk with Champion of Asia-Pacific Forestry, Mr. Patrick Dugan. He was a bit of afraid of the current forest situation in Asia. However, he assumed that the youth will have to carry heavier load than current generations, because forest problems are getting worse every day. However, he still have a hope for the young generation that they will tackle the forestry problem because today’s young generations are smarter and come with many fresh ideas.


This third day was ended with a great fashion show and cultural nights organized by the collaboration from the youth and other stakeholders.

Andreas Ade Kristian & Michael Jose Mairing

Delegation APFW 2016

23 Feb

IFSA in CBD COP 12 (18th October 2014)

CBD is one of the international treaties came from UNEP in order to conserve the biological diversity and to use it in a sustainable way with the equitable benefit sharing from the use of the genetic resources. As you may know, our beloved Earth has so many types of ecosystems and has a lot of biotics and non-biotics resources to be used by all kinds of living creatures in Earth. The use of it should be managed and ruled in order to make it available for the humans, animals, and plants. Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is a way to make it possible. The Parties, who are representatives from the countries who sign the treaty and promise to conserve the biological diversity, sharing information and benefit equally to all human races, arrange bi-annual meeting to make decisions to accomodate the effect of unpredictable natural activities that can give impact to our biological diversity (interested? Go into www.cbd.int ).


This year, the delegates from IFSA World, including me, got the opportunity to attend the meeting of the CBD, which was called as The Twelfth Conference of the Parties to Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP-12), which was held from October 6th to October 17th in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Around that time, Autumn was attending South Korea, and some of delegates from the equator had to bear around 1oC situations and maintain our activities to survive the cold. IFSA Delegates were present as the observer, with tasks to observe plenary sessions, to learn how international decisions are made, to build good networking, and of course, to improve ourselves in term of biological diversity. The theme made for the COP-12 is Biodiversity for Sustainable Development. The main objective is to use the biological diversity and genetic resources for a great and sustain development in the future from the current work. Financial mechanisms, legislations, and actions are NEEDED from all stakeholders, including governments, society, indigeneous and local community, youth, students, scientists, to make it true. One of pleasant opportunities I got from the COP-12 was able to attend various side events and able to exchange ideas with professional partners and youth from GYBN (Global Youth Biodiversity Network | www.gybn.org), KCBD (Korean Council for Biological Diversity), and many other youths about biological diversity and practical ways to conserve and make it sustainable for the now and future generations!

IFSA also had a chance to join GYBN side event and held our very own side events! In GYBN’s side event, Citra (IFSA LC UGM) and Laura (IFSA LC Freiburg) presented IFSA Strategic and Activities that are related to Aichi Targets. Our side events, each of them titled as “The Role of Youth in Mainstreaming Biodiversity for Sustainable Development” and “Global Understanding in Forestry Education” were successful!


Want to know more? Look forward to IFSA LC UGM’s Output Seminar that will be held very soon and IFSA Delegations Report that will be uploaded on www.ifsa.net.

Gain Knowledge and Build Good Network while Conserving our Nature!

 Juan Samuel Simbolon


23 Feb

I-SQUARE 2015 (20th February 2015)

Happy New Year 2015! Although it is late, please let me to greet you all with the  new breeze of new year and new hope! As the year changes, IFSA LC UGM also has many changes in its body. With new board, we also have new projects, and new dreams, without forgetting the previous dreams which have not been fulfilled in last year. The new board, A Team, will present to you our best and our efforts throughout 2015 and will keep the spirit until the end.

What is I-Square?

I-Square a.k.a IFSA Initiation is a project to substitute our two-time Upgrading. This project will be the shortcut for all of you who are interested in joining IFSA LC UGM as the official members. We divide this initiation into two parts, Workshop and Upgrading. In the first part, you will get series of activities to develop your soft skill and knowledge that are (in our perspectives) IMPORTANT to face the challenges as official IFSA LC UGM member and also IFSA WORLD. After you got into the Workshop, you will dig deeper into our IFSA stuffs in Upgrading. In Upgrading, you will be given knowledge about IFSA and its activities, both international and in local committee.





In I-Square 2015, The Workshop was held on one day, 19 February 2015, in Lecture Room 6 FKT UGM. The event was started at 09.30 with Ariel Adimahavira (THH 2011) as the MC for that day. We gave four materials for our candidate members, which are Public Speaking, Writing, Delegation, and Project Making. Those materials are the essentials for candidate members before jumping into IFSA LC UGM. Muhsin Al-Anas, the Chief of KOMMAPRES 2015, taught us that in public speaking, there are four steps to do, such as preparation, rehearsal, organizing your speech, and action! Some great speakers would like to know the venue and the condition of the audience before they speak in front of them. This step is needed to prepare themselves and also to able to control the audience. Would you like to go to do public speaking without rehearsal? Well, if you are the experts, you can do it. But, to convince yourself and to make sure that  you would not be a blunder during delivering your speech, Mr. Muhsin suggests to do a rehearsal, in front of the mirrror, by yourself. This will gain your confidence and make yourself ready for it! Time management, materials, are some of the components that are needed to be organized before speaking in front of the public. Make sure you use the time given to you wisely and you are able to deliver your speech in the language that are understandable by the audience. In D-Day of delivering your speech, you have to put a smile on your face and speak in a proper speed, not too slow, not too fast. The second material is about writing. Ms. Lintang, Editor in Chief for Balairung 2015, a student-organized news media, brought to us how to make a good writing with acceptable and proper words and sources. There are some methods to dig the references that you need for completing your writing, from books, journals, interviews, and also researches. Mannered words with interesting choice of words can attract the readers to read your writings. First paragraph usually shows the interesting or special part that differentiate your writing from other writings. Writing is also a way to express your feeling towards some topics that are interesting for you. Ms. Sekar delivered about the delegation, IFSA delegation. IFSA has so many delegations, from annual IFSA events, IFSS and APRM, to international level meetings such as UN Meetings and professional partners’ meetings. “We need to go abroad and to explore all things outside of our county, in order to develop our own country and our own personality”, she said. She also encourages the candidate members to always practice on our writings, such as paper, motivation letter, and curricullum vitae by doing it by ourselves and looking for the examples online (of course not copy+paste – ing them 😉 ). In delegation, you will find more new things that can develop your soft skills and your abilities that are needed to face the world and its challenges in work field. Last material is Project Making. In Project making, you have to follow some rules, e.g. your own timeline. Timeline is a promise made by you and the time. If you did not obey your timeline, you as well break your promise with yourself, which is not good. Some projects in IFSA LC UGM need an organizing committee, a proposal, and a report. Those components are bordered by some regulations made by A Team, in order to make the project can be held well. The Workshop ended with the full-of-knowledge and well-prepared candidate members with basic knowledge that is important for an IFSA LC UGM official member.

From 20-22 February 2015, the second part of I-Square was held. The Upgrading was held in Piyungan, Gunungkidul. In this part of this fabulous event, we, A Team, official member, and candidates members get to know deeper about IFSA and the activities within it. We also had the chance to do a deep introduction, between official members and candidate members, to create a bond that will last forever. We had serious event and the fun section too. In the serious part of Upgrading, we had some materials delivered by the Direction and Mr. Binsar, our consulting member and also former LO for ITTO. IFSA World basic knowledge, General Assembly, Official Position, UN Meetings (UNFF, CBD, UNFCCC), Other Professional Partners’ Meetings, and IFSA LC UGM are the serious materials that you may need to be the official member of IFSA LC UGM. We combined our experiences and knowledge about those themes and delivered them to our candidate members. In order to deepen their knowledge on them, we did a focus group discussion, a simulation of youth session, and a simulation for vetting. Those actions will build the capacity of candidate members and to engrave the knowledge within their minds and hearts. The fun part (which has been held annually), is RUNNING IFSA, a designated game which is inspired by a reality game show from South Korea, to make sure the fun part exists in this amazing event. The title of the game is Race Number with mini games inside. This game shows the competitive side of our members and the wildness of a human being. We also did a Joget International, a game which has the participants to cover some of international dances around the world. We make sure to keep our bodies healthy and sweaty in the same time.

In the end of Upgrading, we did the inauguration of our candidate members, 22 skillful and armed-with-knowledge members to become the official members of IFSA LC UGM. We also do a heartwarming session, exchanging gifts and motivating each other through a simple yet inspiring letter. The connection between each of us will be endured forever and the fire of passion will light our path during the time being IFSA LC UGM members.47

Wanna be the inspiration of KM FKT UGM? Join IFSA LC UGM and find a wonderful sense of international level in local level. Join our activities, such as English Club, to improve your ability in English!

Last but not least, the fighter will always stay foolish and stay hungry of something new and is able to use the sources nearby to develop itself and people around him.

P. S.: The next I-Square will be held on 2016, prepare yourself and may the odd be on your favor.

Juan Samuel Simbolon

23 Feb

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


First and Second Day  (February 23, 2016)

Yesterday was the opening ceremony of Asia Pacific Forestry Week  2016. As the delegates to this event, we want to inform you that the weather yesterday morning in Clark, the Phillipines, was sunny and bright, so does the meaningful opening ceremony in Fontana Convention Center.

The opening ceremony was begun with the live perfomance and audio visual presentation from creative team describing the meaning of APFW 2016’s logo. The Philippines’ national anthem was also sung in the ceremony.

Opening of the Plenary Session

The moderator of this session is a well-known broadcast journalist, Veronica Pedrosa. There were five panelists that gave remarks; non-executive director and adjunct professor Neil Byron, Doris Capistrano from ASFCC, Tony La Vina, the dean of forestry department of University of British Columbia, and last but not least the president of IFSA, May Anne Then. At the end of this session,  there was a very touching presentation from CNN Heron Awardee, Mr. Budi Soehardi,  about his project in West Timor with his wife.

Streams #2 Tackling Climate Change Challenges and Opportunities

There were two main session in this stream yesterday (02-23-2016). The first one was opening stream plenary that was led by Christopher Martius from CIFOR, which titled  Tackling Climate Change: Opportunities and Challenges. The panelists who presented their perspectives were Tony Lavina on recap and reflection on Paris Agreement, Nur Masripatin on implications of the climate agreement on Pacific Island countries, also Joan Carling and Juan Chang who talked about the role of society and finance sector respectively

After a coffebreak, there was another event also moderated by Christopher Martius from CIFOR. The tittle of event is Fire and Haze: Politics, Economics, and Landscape Transformation. The list of panelist is Nur Rasipatin from MoEF, Harry Purnomo from CIFOR, Riko Kurniawan from Walhi, and then Agus Purnama from private sector.

Streams #3 Serving Society, Forestry, and People

Session 1

Role of Forests in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

The first session talked about the global perspectives of Community Based Forest (CBF) management from regional and stakeholder perspectives. What we know in here is that every country has different methods to formulate a forest management system based on people’s need.

  • Kyaw Kyaw Lwin (Deputy Director General, Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, Myanmar) from Southeast Asia perspective explained about the CBF in Myanmar which still follows REDD+ plan with 30 years of land rotation.
  • Maria Elders (Land Resources Division, Pacific Community) from Pacific perspectives explained about the success of Fiji Island’s CBF implementation.
  • Pralong Dumrongthai (Deputy Director General, Royal Forestry Department of Thailand) from government perspective explained about the importance of value of forest and how it is recognized as a part of Thailand’s national planning in CBF implementation.
  • From Indonesia, an independent, Yuliantin, from local community perspective delivered speech about her success story in applying CBF in Jember.

Session 2

SDGs and Community Forestry – A Symbiotic Relationship Delivering for People and Forest of Asia Pacific

This session talks about the deep understanding of of Community Based Forest (CBF) and the main goal of CBF implementation in global scales.

Fred Kafeero (FAO Forestry Officer) reported about the implementation of CBF in some nations and the indicator of CBF effectiveness. Data availability is the main challenges of the report. The main indicators of CBF effectiveness are finnancial, percentage of area forest loss, and instutionalization. After reporting, Fred Kafeero explained about the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs) created by United Nation, he also explained  how CBF achieve several goals of SDGs.

At the end of of the day, we gathered on reception dinner, everybody came with their national costume. In that occasion, Mr. Patrick B. Durst from FAO announced the winner of some contests, and one of the winners is Michael Jose Mairing from our local committees, who won the cartoon contest with the theme “Growing Our Future”.

APFW 2016 Delegates

Andreas Ade Kristian & Michael Jose Mairing