Wanagama forest has once again been appreciated by the world. Now it is Tomas D. Reyes Jr., lecturer from The Bohol Island State University in the Philippines, and James C. Bethune, consultant for educational forest of the same university.
Both visitors were impressed with the Wanagama eco-edu forest in Gunung Kidul regency that was developed out of bare lands. Both attended the International Conference of Tropical Agriculture (ICTA) 2016 organised by BPP UGM from 23-30 October 2016.
“Wanagama is one of the best educational forests in Indonesia. This can improve adaptation of rain forestation program to grow endemic plants and the wild,” said Tomas recently.
Tomas further gave a lecture on Phytogeography to some 100 students at Faculty of Forestry UGM, explaining Plant Diversity of the Philippines.
The meeting between representatives from the Bohol Island State University with Dean of Faculty of Forestry UGM, Dr. Budiadi, S.Hut., M.Agr.Sc., produced an greement for cooperation in biodiversty and agroforestry, especially in islands that are impacted by climate change.
Tomas hoped Faculty of Forestry UGM would have The Bohol Island State University as new partners to advance together. Both are committed to following up the plans already agreed in the MoU and MoA by the President of the Bohol Island State University.