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Posted: Mon, 18 Feb 2013 11:14
115 High School Students Participate in BIOTROP’s Biodiversity Mapping Contest - 102 time(s) visited
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In commemoration of its 45th year anniversary, BIOTROP organized a Biodiversity Mapping Contest among 115 students representing 23 high schools in Bogor on 2 February 2013.

The contest was aimed at increasing awareness on biodiversity, fostering creativity and team spirit in learning biology, and providing practical knowledge about the use of GIS/GPS technology among the students. Eventually, this activity will be part of BIOTROP’s long- term collaboration with the Bogor City Government towards its goal of maintaining a green city.

Prior to the contest, the students, together with their school mentors, received an orientation at BIOTROP on Bogor’s Biodiversity through Dr. Supriyanto and on the use of maps and GPS equipment through Mr. Slamet Widodo Sugiarto, BIOTROP’s silviculture expert and capacity building supervisor, respectively.  The students were also given a brief practicum on identifying tree species and tagging them after the orientation.  Each participating school with 5 student-members was given a contest kit comprising of contest rules and instructions, contest site map, and GPS equipment for use during the contest.

The contest proper was declared opened by the Honorable Vice Mayor of Bogor City Drh. Ahmad Ru’yat, M.Si at Bogor City Hall Plaza. In his speech, Drh Ahmad Ru'yat, M.Si appreciated BIOTROP’s initiative in conducting the contest since it is in line with the City Government’s re-greening and biodiversity conservation program of Bogor. He hoped that this activity will be continuously carried out to generate comprehensive data and information on Bogor’s biological richness and for making decisions for land use development of the City.  He also encouraged other government agencies, scientists, and the public at large to join in this effort. After his speech, the Vice Mayor led the symbolic geotagging of one of the trees in front of the Bogor City Hall.

The contest winners, announced during the BIOTROP’s anniversary celebration on 6 February 2013 held at the Centre’s Convention Hall, were as follows: SMAN 5 Bogor, first place; SMAN1 Bogor (Group 1), second place; and SMK GEO INFORMATIKA, third place.  The winning schools received certificates, cash prizes and gift checks from BIOTROP and sponsors (PT. Syngenta Indonesia, IndoBIC and PT. Agricon Putra Cipta Optima (Terminix)).

Mr. Harry Imantho, BIOTROP’s Knowledge Management Department Manager, coordinated the event.