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President to attend 200th commemoration of Bogor Botanical Garden

18th May 2017 | 1.463 Views
Bogor, W.Java (ANTARA News) - The event to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Bogor Botanical Garden in Bogor City, West Java Province, is scheduled to be attended by President Joko Widodo.

"The president plans to inaugurate an inscription marking two centuries of the Bogor Botanical Garden and sign the first-day cover of the special-edition stamps of orchids of 34 provinces along with the souvenir sheet," Bogor Botanical Gardens spokesperson, Roniati A. Risna, stated here on Thursday.

Risna revealed that the celebrations to commemorate the two-century-old Bogor Botanical Garden feature programs, such as a four-day plantation exhibition on May 18-21, the 200K Run on May 20-21, environmental education programs on May 19-21, fun bike event on Aug 20, an international seminar, art and cultural festivals, botanical photography contests, and sports competitions.

The Bogor Botanical Garden is the largest center of off-site conservation and research on plant species in Indonesia.

"The Bogor Botanical Garden has an area of about 87 hectares, with a total collection of 12,531 species of plants that are grouped into 3,228 species, 1,210 genera, and 214 families," the spokesperson revealed.

According to Risna, the Bogor Botanical Garden is the pride of Indonesians as this is the oldest in Southeast Asia.

The Bogor Botanical Garden is the third oldest in the world after the 300-year-old Pandova Botanical Garden in Italy and the Royal Botanical Garden of Sydney in Australia, which had just turned 200 in 2016.

Risna noted that the Bogor Botanical Garden is serving the Secretary General of the International Botanic Garden (IABG) for the Asian region.

"The Secretary General of the IABG chapter Asia is held by Head of the Plant Conservation Center of Botanical Garden Didik Widiyatmoko," Risna stated.

In addition, the Bogor Botanical Garden is a member of the International Botanical Garden Conservation along with three thousand other botanical gardens across the world.(*)