IPB Academia holds Webinars with Partners from New Zealand, Malaysia, U.S.A., and ASEAN

Throughout this study-and-work-from-home period, IPB University progressively organize webinars with global experts on broad-ranging topics. IPB Department of Management held a Webinar Series and talkshow on May 14th, 2020 and attended by total 733 participants. It brought topic of “Change Management and Dealing with COVID-19: Lesson Learned from New Zealand” with Tantowi Yahya, Indonesian Ambassador for New Zealand. He explained that within a month, the New Zealand government was able to readily and responsively prepare scientific-based regulations. He also described that process facing new normal era post-outbreak will be uneasy, but the main key is adaptation. Attitude is highly important in facing changes and make it available for developments, thus every individual must participate, be part in helping government to prevent the spread and to go through the occurring changes. In the same day, IPB Department of Food Science and Technology (FST), Directorate of International Programs and the Halal Science Center invited Prof. Irwandi Jaswir, global halal expert from International Islamic University of Malaysia and FST IPB alumnus in webinar attended by no less than 260 national and international participants, entitled "Halal Food Industry Post COVID-19". Being King Faisal Prize Winner 2018 (prestigious awards by King Faisal Foundation of Saudi Arabia for his significant dedication in various fields) and Habibie Award 2013 (in Medicine and Biotechnology field), Prof. Irwandi brought topic of "The Importance of Halal Food in World Current Situation". Importance of halal qualifications is not limited to the food industry, organic and non-organic materials and logistics but has developed rapidly in other sectors, such as cosmetics, health products and personal care, travel services and fashion. During pandemic, he also stressed the importance of implementing agricultural sustainability to maintain food availability. COVID-19 certainly has a profound effect on halal economic aspects such as tourism and finance, but not significantly on food and pharmacy because of basic needs and easy online access availability. However, main issue lies in the aspects of raw materials, processing and authentication, hence he explained various R&D technologies on the authenticity of halal food and pharmaceutical products and implementation of Halal Purification Practice (HPP) certification in logistics and distribution systems. Another guest speaker, Dr. Nancy D Yuliana from FST IPB, Halal Science Center and LPPOM MUI auditor discussed "The Importance of Halal Authentication Analysis in Halal Certification". She shared knowledge about many instrumentation technologies in halal product authentication and future food complexity challenges (such as mixed vegetable-animal-synthetic ingredients, complex matrices and processes, GMO issues and improper handling of animals) and solutions that could be offered.

On May 18th, 2020, IPB Department of Resources and Environmental Economics held webinar entitled “The Global Issues in Forest and Environment: Perspective on Policy and Human Well-Being” attended by over hundred participants from Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Syria, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Mexico. Dr James Thomas Erbaugh (Department of Environmental Sciences, Darmouth University, U.S.A.) was invited as speaker, while Prof Dr Dodik Ridho Nurrochmat (IPB Vice Rector of Collaboration and Information System and professor in forestry regulations and economy) was as moderator and Hari Priyadi (Technical Advisor at The World Bank and IPB Senior Associate Researcher) as host. It highlighted issues caused by deforestation increase for the sake of infrastructure development and economy, land conversion, unsustainable utilization of natural resources, and ineffective regulations as instruments to reduce damage on forests and environment. Market demand for both wood and non-wood necessities also pose as the main cause in forest and environmental damage that is caused without realization of how important forests are in its function to maintain human lives. It produces oxygen, absorbs carbon, prevent floods, control erosion, and exists as habitat for plants and wildlife. Dr James explained important role that forestry sector plays in human wellbeing where it provides support, acts as provider and controller, and plays role in culture. Forestry sector also provides income and asset which is essential to wellbeing. Conservation will support ecosystem functions which impacts the improvements of welfare. However, there are also obstacles such as value of land conversion, unclear regulations in forest management, and implementation difficulty. The effort of improving human wellbeing comes with its own set of obstacles as well, that being the hindrances of converting benefits of the forestry sector, distribution of those benefits, and the payoff schedule.

Aside of experts, IPB students also progressively exchange their insights through webinars. IPB Department of Biology also held 1st ASEAN Youth Talk on May 16th, 2020, supported by ASEAN Youth Organization (AYO), as part of AYO Fellas project (which focuses on awareness of the SDGs, social media campaign, and culture) and attended by academia from Vietnam, Japan, Ghana and India. IPB Biology lecturer (Hirmas Fuady Putra, M.Si. also Assessor of Indonesian Sustainable Tourism Award 2019 certified by Global Sustainable Tourism Council) and student (Juniarto G.S., also ASEAN Youth Organisation Ambassador) discussed materials on global tourism positive- (GDP, job opportunities, world exports) and negative-impacts (natural resources exploitation, ecosystem, lost local identities and values, and local inflations). Sustainable tourism that calculates completely the economic, social, and environmental impact that tourism poses in present and future time would take into account the needs of visitors, industry, environment, and local host. Its guideline, published by United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and UN’s Environment Program in 2015, applies to all forms of tourisms in all destinations, including mass and specific tourisms. Tourism can affect all SDGs 17 goals and 169 measured targets, especially 8th (decent work and economy growth), 12th (responsible consumption and production), and 14th (life below water) pillar.

Published Date : 23-Jun-2020

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