On 21 December 2015, the Tanoto Forestry Information Centre was officially opened to the public. The Centre is a collaborative project between the Bogar Agricultural University, locally known as the Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB), and the Tanoto Foundation, founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist Sukanto Tanoto.
Fast forward to 21 December 2016, and the Tanoto Forestry Information Centre is successfully on its way to fulfilling the vision the IPB and Tanoto Foundation had for it, to become an informative place for scientific forestry information and environmental services. The Centre is always bustling with activity, averaging 400 visitors per month.
Within the three story-building one can gain access to international journals on forestry studies, as well as to IPB’s library collections, scientific journals and panel and video information regarding forestry.
To turn the Tanoto Forestry Information Centre into a core networking and collaboration facility amongst the international forestry stakeholders, a number of industry professionals such as researchers from the United States, delegates from the 2016 International Union of Forest Research Organisations Congress, students from Taiwan as well as numerous events have been hosted by the Centre to share knowledge and technology to support the forestry sector.
“The forestry’s industry and sector is crucial to the economy of Indonesia. To improve the sector’s contribution, Indonesia needs people knowledgeable in forestry. These are the people who can use and develop applicable knowledge. We hope Tanoto Forestry Information Centre will produce prominent scientists and practitioners of forestry at the national and international levels.” – Sukanto Tanoto, founder of the Tanoto Foundation.
Sukanto Tanoto, who is on the board of directors of the Tanoto Foundation, said that one of the reasons that the Tanoto Foundation has collaborated with IPB on the forestry information centre is to show its support in the effort to develop and share the knowledge of forestry in Indonesia.
The intention is to eventually be able to open the Centre to the general public, so they may obtain, learn and share information regarding forestry.