30 Apr 2020
There are currently a very limited number of green open spaces (GOS). This is due to the functional shift of many lands that should have become GOS turned into roads, settlements, shops, industries, recreation areas, and skyscrapers.
Schools and its surrounding environment as green spaces are crucial to support the life of flora, wildlife, and humans. A better, greener, and cozier atmosphere for both humans and wildlife will become possible because of trees and plants.
KEHATI Foundation’s Education and Outreach Staff, Ahmad Baihaqi, revealed that as an initial activity, wildlife and biodiversity were observed back in the middle of August 2017 at the Sekolah Alam Cikeas (Cikeas Nature School/ SAC) environment. These observations were carried out until mid-September 2017.
“This activity is an effort to compile leaflets and information boards on biodiversity in the SAC environment. It is hoped that with this leaflet and information board, potentials for biodiversity in the SAC environment can be explored, ”said the Head of SAC, Pungky Aryogo.
The inauguration of leaflets and biodiversity information boards in the SAC environment was held on Saturday (27/1). The biodiversity leaflet and information board were observations of SAC grade 4-6 elementary school students accompanied by the Biodiversity Warriors KEHATi Foundation, BScC Indonesia, Biology Masters Program and the National University Faculty of Biology, Jakarta.
“Based on observations, in the SAC environment there are 30 species of birds and six of them are species protected by the law (undang-undang) No. 5 of 1990 concerning Conservation of Living Natural Resources and Ecosystems and Government Regulation No.7 of 1999 concerning Preservation of Plants and Animal Species, namely the blue-eared kingfisher (Alcedo meninting), collared kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris), Javan kingfisher (Halcyon cyanoventris), olive-backed sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis), brown-throated sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis), and Sunda Pied Fantail (Rhipidura javanica)” added Abay, Ahmad Baihaqi’s nickname, who is also a student of Biology Masters Program, National University, Jakarta.
In addition, in the SAC environment, there are also 17 types of butterflies, 10 types of dragonflies, 9 types of herpetofauna, 2 types of mammals, and 73 types of plants.
Pungky added that the inauguration of the biodiversity leaflet and information board is expected to introduce and preserve biodiversity, especially those in the SAC environment. In addition, it can also be used as an educational tool, especially in the field of biology.