Students of Universitas Gadjah Mada have, again, made an achievement at international level. Now four students participated in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) 2012 which last from 6-15 September in Jeju, South Korea. The students are Binsar Liem Sihotang, Merlinda Kresti, and Yulius Nico Wahyu M, who are students of Forestry and Carolina Astri, Anthropology student.
The forum was joined by over 10,000 participants from around the world, whether members or non-members of IUCN. It discussed two important agenda, namely forum meeting and assembly meeting.
Binsar Liem said in a release sent out on Tuesday (9/10), the forum meeting discussed various current issues in environment conservation, divided into seven categories which are: workshop session, knowledge café, pavilion event, conservation campus, poster, social events and world leaders dialogue. Meanwhile, the assembly meeting – the meeting of IUCN members discussed IUCN constitution, work program and election of new coordinators.
Binsar Liem said that Indonesia has not played an active role in the IUCN as until now there are no members from Indonesia in the executive board of the 2012-2016 period, while Indonesia is a conservation area with significant role at the world level. Therefore, the role of Indonesian young people is much needed to respond to existing challenges. “As the young generation of Indonesia, we feel it necessary to actively participate in widening our knowledge in all areas, among others by joining this activity. Through active participation, one day if they become nation leaders, they can follow up work program of current leaders and even make more advanced innovations,” he explained.