Bogor Botanical Gardens in the Eyes of Scientist IPB University

The Botanical Gardens are an inseparable part of the city of Bogor. The Bogor Botanical Gardens (KRB), which has been established since 1817, is a shared asset that we must protect. This is what is discussed in the Webinar entitled “What Do They Say About Botanical Gardens?” organized by the Department of Landscape Architecture (ARL) of IPB University in collaboration with the Family Gathering of Alumni Landscape Architecture of IPB University (SKALA), (29/9).

This webinar presents a number of speakers both from IPB University and from other institutions. They are Dr. Melani Abdulkadir-Sunito from the Faculty of Human Ecology (Fema), Dr. Siti Nurisjah from the Department of Landscape Architecture (ARL) and Prof. Hadi Sukadi Alikodra from the Faculty of Forestry and Environment (Fahutan).

Head of the Department of Landscape Architecture, IPB University, Dr. Akhmad Arifin Hadi said that this webinar was held to discuss the Bogor Botanical Gardens in the past, present, and future from a scientific perspective.

“Bogor Botanical Gardens for the ARL Department of IPB University is very important. Because that's where a lot of research is done, both by lecturers and students. In addition, the Bogor Botanical Gardens is also used as a place for practicum and field trips for the Basics of Landscape Architecture course," he added.

Moderated by Dr Alinda Fitriany Malik Zain, IPB University Lecturer from the ARL Department, this webinar was attended by 270 participants from various circles, such as from the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI).

Dr. Melani discussed the Botanical Gardens in terms of the relationship between human activities and natural ecosystems. Bogor Botanical Gardens is the largest and oldest botanical garden in Southeast Asia which is uniquely located, which is in the middle of the city. Bogor Botanical Gardens is like an oasis in the middle of the city that becomes a breathing space.

“In a situation of rapid global to local change, Botanical Gardens provide space to breathe. It is a place to learn to change mindsets, as well as education about environmental conservation (from visitors to supporters)," she said.

From the scientific perspective of Landscape Architecture, Dr. Siti Nurisyah discussed the meaning of the Bogor Botanical Gardens for students and lecturers of ARL IPB University. According to him, KRB is the location for academic activities (practicum, teaching lab, outdoor class, library, scientific writing materials). KRB is also an area of pride for IPB University residents, the main location for visits, locations for non-academic, family and recreational activities.

“KRB is part of Bogor City. KRB has become an icon and area of pride for the city's citizens, a tourist attraction and is part of the city's green open space (RTH), which is important in controlling the quality of the city's environment. KRB is also a conservation area that is more than 200 years old," she said.

Meanwhile, Prof. Hadi Sukadi Alikodra discussed the triple helix theory. That is an approach that creates a synergy of cooperation between three important actors (academics, business, and government) to build a knowledge-based economy. "Bogor Botanical Gardens is the core or center of development for the City of Bogor," he said.

Prof. Eko Baroto Walujo from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) who was also present at this webinar said that the Bogor Botanical Gardens were a source of inspiration. “From before independence, after independence, until now, the Bogor Botanical Gardens have given birth to all of this. Take a look around KRB, the Ministry of Forestry, Ministry of Agriculture, including IPB University and University of Indonesia were born. There is an education function, research and innovation functions are also there. Almost all the resources that we know today, food sources, medicinal sources, used to come from the Bogor Botanical Gardens," he said. (NIRS/Zul) (IAAS/FJN)

Published Date : 30-Sep-2021

Resource Person : Dr Akhmad Arifin Hadi

Keyword : Bogor Botanical Gardens, IPB University, Alumni, Landscape Architecture