THE NATIONAL RESEARCH AND INNOVATION AGENCY
The journey of ex situ conservation of endangered plants in nature has continued for more than two centuries. Its natural habitat is the eternal responsibility of botanical gardens in Indonesia. Building solidity and commitment with all botanical gardens is a necessity. In commemorating the 205th Anniversary of the Bogor Botanical Garden, the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) inaugurated an educational facility and simultaneous tree planting event jointly with 23 Indonesian botanical gardens, on Wednesday (18/5) at the Bogor Botanical Garden.
Bogor, 17 May 2022. Head of BRIN Laksana Tri Handoko expressed his commitment to maintain and make the Bogor Botanical Garden a research platform for botanical science, not only on a local scale, but also globally. Therefore, according to Handoko, the management of the Bogor Botanical Garden will continue to be improved and revamped to allow botanical researchers to focus on carrying out leading research activities in their fields.
Handoko also said, in order to strengthen the position and benefits of botanical gardens, BRIN has initiated amendment to the Presidential Regulation on Botanical Gardens. The amendment to the Presidential Regulation is intended to encourage integration of regional botanical gardens not only into ex-situ conservation areas, but also as the center for science education and technology-based SME development.
In addition, BRIN also encourages development of botanical gardens in industrial estates together with the industrial estate managers. “In the future this will become a Science and Technology Area (KST) in various regions,” he added.
To date, there are 45 botanical gardens in Indonesia, five of which are under BRIN’s management, i.e Bogor Botanical Garden, Cibodas Botanical Garden, Purwodadi Botanical Garden, Cibinong Botanical Garden and Eka Karya Botanical Garden in Bali. Meanwhile, five botanical gardens are managed Provincial Governments, 32 botanical gardens regency/Municipal Governments and three botanical gardens are managed Universities.
In congruent with the educational function of botanical gardens, at the commemoration of the 205th anniversary of the Bogor Botanical Garden this time, BRIN inaugurated an educational facility at Griya Anggrek. In addition, to support the conservation function of botanical gardens, BRIN also planted trees simultaneously. A total of 23 botanical gardens in Indonesia participated in this hybrid planting simultaneously. It is recorded that 102 species of trees will be planted in this event, all of which are of endangered types. This simultaneous planting is a concrete manifestation of the commitment of all stakeholders managing the botanical gardens to carry out their duties and functions in conserving biodiversity, especially Indonesian native flora.
For information, this planting activity will be recorded in the Indonesian Museum of Records (MURI) as the activity of planting the most tree species simultaneously in botanical gardens. In addition, MURI also recorded this event as the largest simultaneous tree planting activity carried out in botanical gardens.