Youth in Forest Actions is one year program initiated by the Board members (consisted of 8 persons) in IFSA Local Committee Universitas Gadjah Mada. It includes three main activities that projected three pillars in sustainable development, that is: social, environment, and economics. Its main goal is to deliver message that forestry is a strong pillar in achieving sustainable development. During its implementation, Youth in Forest Actions program is involving youth as actors, objects and targets. Basically, the program is from youth, by youth, and to youth.
The first project focused in Social aspect. We conducted social project along with the students from Mathematics & Natural Sciences called ICASA (Integrated Conservation & Social Act). ICASA was hold to commemorate International Day of Forest on March 21st. In the project, we’re giving education and socialization towards the indigineous people living around Mount Merapi to start utilizing bamboo instead of timber to keep the sustainability of forested area around their neighbourhood. In the end of the project, we gave them bamboo seeds and still do follow-up until now.
The second project gives other perspective about Environment. In commemoration of International Day of Biodiversity (May 22nd), we conducted a month long project called Slow Loris Awareness Month. The project’s main message was that wildlife trading and nurturing (in this project; Slow Loris) is a dangerous action that can harm the biological diversity. The project involved series of activities: Essay and Poster Competition about Slow Loris Conservation in Indonesia, Online Discussion and Talkshow with International Animal Rescue Indonesia. The project’s outcome is to raise the awareness of youth widely to stop the wildlife trading.
The last project is Ecopreneur Grand Workshop. It will be held on November 2015 and involving youth from all parts of Indonesia. The workshop will be hold with Non Timber Forest Products as its main theme. This came up in mind due to the concern of how the use of timber in huge amount has been leading to deforestation and forest degradation for years. As the inheritors of the future, youth should be given a brand new perspective in managing forests by not only relying on timber as the main forest products. They should be given knowledge and training on the roles of potential NTFPs in substituting timber and how to utilize the NTFPs to make it more valuable and promising in the future’s market.
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