The Republic of Korea and the ASEAN Member States have been working hand in hand in various areas, ranging from economic cooperation to environmental protection within the frame of sustainable development. The importance of a closer bilateral relationship between the Republic of Korea and ASEAN continues to grow as the global society itself draw closer together. I have been found that this workshop promote a closer bond between regional youths for sustainable development. This workshop utilized the chance to reemphasize the need to sustainably use and protect the forest of Asia and its important role in reducing the adverse impacts of Climate Change. We, youth participants from this workshop, have understood the values of forest and would grow to become leaders in the promotion of sustainable development. This workshop has offered us more than what we expected to achieve.
During the Inbound program in Korea, we have experienced about UCC making, DIY shirt creation, ASEAN music party night, and other forestry activities. Through UCC making activity, we have learned about the relationship between the art and forest conservation. Forest conservation cannot be complicated only by pure science. It is need to plus into the art such as UCC videos, poem, etc. UCC making class provide the opportunities to learn and enhance the video making skill.
The activities what I like the most in Inbound programs are ‘Five Senses of Forest Experiences and Mission impossible’. These activities enhance the forestry knowledge of the participants especially for non-forestry students. ASEAN music party night have created the opportunities to learn about each other’s culture and mutual understanding among ASEAN youth and KOREAN youth have been built. In addition, lecture by Dr. Handisusanto Pasaribu have offered information about the concept of green growth, the role of forest in green growth, and the activities of the ASEAN in promoting the Green Growth.
The last activity on the third day of the workshop is Research Trip around Seoul. It is the most exciting activity and we have learned about the Korean Culture. We move around with Korean friends. Thank to Korean Friends.
After that, we moved to Indonesia to continue the outbound programs of this workshop. The experience in Jakarta let me know about the forestry extension. I found that there are many visitors at the Ministry of Forestry and Environment of Indonesia. And this situation can provide the opportunities to educate the public in the same time. This is because forest museum and Arboretum are established in one place. This is a unique idea to raise public awareness on forest value. But in my country, Myanmar, there is a few people only staff and no visitor at the Ministry of Environmental conservation and Forestry of Myanmar. I would like to raise awareness of public on forest like Indonesia.
In Yogyakarta, we have learned the successful case of forest restoration in Wanagama. It is Wanagama Education and Experimental Forest managed by the Faculty of Forestry University Gadjah Mada since 1964. Wanagama programs in this workshop are the lecture about Forestry. These lectures have offered us about the knowledge of Natural conservation, Forest and Health. The programs I like the most is Batik Cultural Activity. We have learned about the history and the basics of Indonesia’s traditional clothing. We could also enjoy a series of traditional Indonesian music performed through the class.
Another memorable and valuable experience were tours to ecotourism sites; tour of Borobudur Temple and seeing sunset, and Tour of Prambanan Temple. During this tour, I have realized the concept of ecotourism in Indonesian culture. Moreover, I have experienced about the traditional meals of Indonesian and Korea. Accommodation and meals provided by the organizer are very nice for me.
In conclusion these nice day have offered me memorable and valuable experience about the ASEAN and Korea nature. It is meaningful to implement these kind of programs to promote mutual understanding between the youth of ASEAN Member state and Korea. This workshop have made the youths to be realized the urgency for protection and conservation of forest. This workshop has offered knowledge on forest conservation and creating new friendship between regional youths who would be the leaders of this region. We gain more than what we expected to achieve from this workshop, ASEAN-KOREA Youth Network Workshop 2015 under the theme “youth in the fore front of forest conservation in ASEAN & KOREA”.
Min Hein Htike, ASEAN-Korea Youth Network Workshop 2015 participant