JPIK has a program for the 2023-2025 period to involve young people in protecting the Kerinci Seblat National Park (TNKS) by understanding their different aspirations and social navigation. Young people who are creative and open to new solutions are factors in inviting them to become leaders in the protection of TNKS and sustainable management of forest resources.

Bengkulu Province is one of the provinces that will carry out the JPIK youth work program in a forum called Forest Guardian. In this forum, young people will later speak out about the importance of preserving conservation areas for the survival and continuity of life, through campaigns using digital information media.

       

Currently, the social media owned by youth who are committed to taking action to protect forests in Bengkulu is @forestguardian_bengkulu. One of Forest Guardian Bengkulu’s series of activities in this program is initiating multi-party Focus Group Discussion (FGD) activities, especially with the regional government and the Kerinci Seblat National Park Office as the area manager to communicate with each other their work agenda. Of course, input, suggestions and support from the parties are highly expected through this meeting. So, in the future we can synergize with each other in building efforts to maintain and preserve the Kerinci Seblat National Park.

     

This FGD activity was held on Thursday, December 14th 2023, starting at 09.00 – 13.00 WIB at Jenggalu Resto Bengkulu. The activity agenda began with welcoming remarks by Martian Sugiarto as Regional Executive Director of JPIK Bengkulu. Next, a presentation from the resource person regarding the conditions and challenges of managing the Kerinci Seblat National Park (TNKS) conservation area, delivered by the Head of the TNKS Region III Management Division, was followed by material on conservation areas in relation to the provincial development plan by BAPPEDA of Bengkulu Province. This internalization and socialization activity was also attended by Danial Dian Prawardani as Manager of the JPIK National Executive program and Bengkulu University Forestry Department Students who also conveyed young people’s perspectives on forest conservation.