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Inculcating President University Students with Conservation Spirit.

To foster the spirit to love the environment and nature in the students, President University held 'Planting the Seed of Conservation' Guest Lecture on Monday, July 9, 2018 by presenting speaker Deniek G. Sukarya, a landscape and nature photographer as well as environmentalist.

The huge potential of biodiversity of plants and flowers in Indonesia, especially those in the province of West Java, can become an opportunity for the students to channel their care and passion in conserving the nature and environment. President University supports every activity to develop a conservation area or botanical garden around the campus area in Jababeka. Such a aaconservation area or botanical garden is clearly useful as a green area in the middle of an industrial estate as well as to become one of the natural tourist destinations which is healthy and educational.

In his presentation, Deniek G. Sukarya told the students that there should be curiosity and love about the nature first and after that it will emerge the conservation spirit.

'The spirit of conservation is the dedication of the heart to help keep our environment healthy for our children, and future generations,' explained Deniek in front of all attendees of the President University students.

Deniek also mentioned that Jababeka can be a suitable location to build a special area of aanature conservation. Moreover, there is no industrial estate in Indonesia which has a special area of aanature conservation. 'Ideally there is a conservation area or botanical garden in Jababeka,' he said.

According to Deniek, to draw a masterplan of botanical garden, it can be done by following the standards and requirements issued by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI). If the land requirements are met for physical development, the Ministry of Public Works will assist the development. Deniek is currently a consultant for Jagatnatha botanical garden development in Jembrana District, Bali.

Deniek also suggested some things that must be considered in developing a botanical garden, including the types of tree, flower or fruit to be planted must be in accordance with the local endemic; it should prioritize natural ways in the development and the importance of experts who understand the conservation techniques.

Jababeka Industrial Estate, Cikarang, Bekasi, West Java, is the first modern eco-industrial estate developed by a private company in Indonesia. The developer is PT Jababeka Tbk. who has been working on the estate since 1989 on 5,600 hectares of land. Jababeka is still the largest industrial estate in Southeast Asia until today.

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Publication:The President Post (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Geographic Code:9INDO
Date:Jul 31, 2018
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