Cipanas Presidential Palace Chooses IPB to Manage the Forest and Agriculture

Cipanas Presidential Palace Chooses IPB to Manage the Forest and Agriculture

Cipanas Presidential Palace partnered with Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) to manage the forest, landscape, and agriculture in the palace environment. The partnership was marked by the agreement signing between the two parties in Cipanas Presidential Palace, (27/12).

The agreement was a follow-up from the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that had been signed between the Ministry of State Secretariat of the Republic of Indonesia and IPB Rector.

The head of Cipanas Presidential Palace, Mustafa Alatas, SE said that the palace had an interesting landscape line and view, but currently the view was blocked by the trees and buildings. “We used to be able to see the beautiful sunrise between the mountains and the palace, but now we cannot do it anymore because of the blocking buildings,” said Mustafa.

Meanwhile, he added that in the west was Gede Pangranngo Mountain, but now it was blocked by the towering plants. In the palace, there is also a protected forest that needs more caring. The protected forest is the only forest in the middle of the city, so it needs to be taken care of and preserved.

On the other side, there are also herbal plants, the legacy from Mrs. Ani Yudhoyono, the wife of Republic of Indonesia’s 6th President’s wife, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, that needs treatment from the experts. The plants are varied in type, mainly medicinal plants that are collected from all over Indonesia. “Currently Cipanas Palace is trying to revitalize the landscape, so the palace does not look like a forest. Therefore we need IPB’s help,” added Mustafa.

Vice Rector for Cooperation and Information Systems of IPB, Prof. Dr. Ir. Dodik Ridho Nurrochmat, M.Sc., F.Trop also positively welcomed the collaboration. He said that IPB would help in accordance with its expertise. “IPB will send its experts of herbs, forest, and landscape so this partnership can be realized as soon as possible,” Prof. Dodik said.

Currently, IPB has a tool that can be used to detect the tree’s health condition. That tool can detect if the tree is still healthy or not, so the decision whether to cut the tree or not can be supported. “With the help of the device, we have a reason to do the logging and rejuvenation, so the revitalization of palace landscape can be done well,” he concluded.

Published Date : 31-Dec-2018

Resource Person : Prof. Dr. Ir. Dodik Ridho Nurrachmat, M.Sc., F.Trop

Keyword : Cipanas Palace, landscape, agriculture, herbs