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Aspiring Geopark Gorontalo
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Aspiring Geopark Gorontalo

This video, titled "Aspiring Geopark Gorontalo," explains how various stakeholders and scientists are working together as a Community of Practice (COP) to learn and discuss scientific knowledge and indigenous knowledge about nature and culture at potential Geopark sites in Gorontalo Province in order to establish the Gorontalo Geopark. Geoparks could be one of the sustainable eco-tourism options that can provide job possibilities and opportunities for people to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Despite the fact that the pandemic Covid-19 crisis is still ongoing, we are working together to find a better solution to advance our Geopark activities.

6th Japan – ASEAN Medical Seminar on Human Health Impact of Heavy Metals
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6th Japan – ASEAN Medical Seminar on Human Health Impact of Heavy Metals

The 6th Japan-ASEAN Medical Seminar on Human Health Impact of Heavy Metals “Minamata Disease” was held as the online Zoom Webinar for the lecture “Minamata Disease – an Epidemiological Perspective” by Professor Takashi Yorifuji, Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Okayama University on Tuesday, June 29th, 2021, from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Japan Standard Time (JST).

5th Japan – ASEAN Medical Seminar on Human Health Impact of Heavy Metals
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5th Japan – ASEAN Medical Seminar on Human Health Impact of Heavy Metals

The 5th Japan-ASEAN Medical Seminar entitled “Mercury Exposure and Health Problems: Using Illegal Skin-Lightening Cosmetic Products” was held as an online Zoom Webinar for the lecture entitled “Mercury Exposure from Illegal Skin-Lightening Cosmetic Products in ASEAN Countries and Related Health Problems” by Dr. Hasriwiani Habo Abbas, Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Muslim Indonesia (UMI) on 29th May 2021.

Activities of the Natural Fiber Research Group; Process of making sugar palm fiber nets
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Activities of the Natural Fiber Research Group; Process of making sugar palm fiber nets

This is the summary of the process of making sugar palm fiber nets. We are currently collaborating with local people of Bone Bolango Regency who have indigenous knowledge (such as the knowledge of creating a traditional net with the fibers of the sugar palm stalks around them), officers of the local government (Bone Bolango Regency), the researchers of SRIREP and State University of Gorontalo, and the private sector such as ESPECMIC Co., Lt. in order to develop a sustainable new industry which will also help to reduce the poverty problem. Currently, in West Tulabolo Village, the villagers, including those who work in the mine, have started the Moopiya Group, and work together with us to manufacture goods using the Sugar Palm.