The Commemoration of International Day of Forest 2015 in Indonesia had been conducted on Saturday, 28 March, by The Ministry of Environment and Forestry in collaboration with some other institutions such as : University of Indonesia (UI), Garuda Indonesia Airways, KEHATI Foundation, Sahabat Pohon Indonesia Foundation, GIZ-Forclime, Multistake holder Forestry Programme, Korea-Indonesia Forest Center (KIFC) and I-Radio.
In the commemoration, The Minister of Environment and Forestry of Indonesia Siti Nurbaya and Rector of the University of Indonesia (UI), Prof. Dr Ir. Muhammad Anis, M.Met and Depok Mayor Nur Mahmudi along with 700 participants consisting of invited guests, elementary students, UI students and community planted trees at UI Depok campus. UI was selected as the location for the commemoration, because UI has policy that is in line with the government’s policy to develop urban forest as a means of recreation and environmental education for the community, especially the students.
The trees that were planted in the commemoration are native tree species such as Western Indonesia ‘Meranti’ and rare species of fruits such as Kemang, Kepel, Kupa Gowok, and Bisbul. This activity is a form of support for the implementation of Law No. 26/2007 on Spatial Planning which is targeted that 30 percent of the area of cities should be green open space.
At the planting event, Mrs. Siti Nurbaya mentioned that this commemoration is one of efforts to raise public awareness about the role of forests in reducing greenhouse gas emissions that affect the dynamics of climate change. “This movement requires the role of the various parties. The government can not work alone,” She said.
Furthermore, on that occasion the Rector of UI, Muhammad Anis, said that UI fully support the preservation and increase the area of green open space in Jakarta, as well as the satellite city of Depok. “This trees planting activity is in line with efforts of UI in developing a green campus, as well as environmental education for the community, especially the UI studen
ts and students in general,” he said.
The land area of UI at Depok campus is arround 320 hectares with a green campus atmosphere because only 25% of the land is used for academic and research activities. The 75% of the area is a green area including 8 (eight) natural lakes. This provides a comfortable environment for the academic activities, and also provides clean water and clean air for Depok city.
In addition to planting activities, at this event also launched an environmental education program for four schools around the UI Depok campus. Students from these schools will also be involved in the maintenance of plants with the guidance of UI students.
In the commemoration of the International Day of Forest 2015, besides participating in the activities of planting, KIFC also contribute to the provision of souvenirs for the invitees.