As a conservation campus, it is fitting for UNNES to take part in efforts to protect the environment and ecosystems in the UNNES campus area in particular. One of these efforts is taken by building a mini forest in the campus area. This mini forest is not only located in one place, but is spread across various areas on the UNNES campus. The existence of this mini forest certainly plays an important role in protecting the environment and natural ecosystems in the UNNES campus area.
UNNES mini forests are scattered in various areas, including in front of the Language and Arts Faculty (FBS), south of the PKM (Student Activity Center) Building, in front of the Rectorate Building, around the Faculty of Engineering (FT), near the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (FMIPA) , as well as near the Faculty of Sports Science (FIK) Football Field.
Of course this mini forest was built because it has many benefits. The benefits of this campus mini forest are that it can prevent global warming, preserve the green environment, preserve forests, create a planting ethos, an ethos of independence, an ethos to love the forests and the plants in them. In addition, this campus mini forest is also useful for controlling rainfall which can prevent erosion and sedimentation of surface water.
With the existence of a mini forest, rainwater will also be absorbed optimally and become a reserve of groundwater. In addition, the many trees in this mini forest also act as flood prevention in case of heavy rains. Mini forest is also used as a regulator of water sources so that they can be available throughout the year. With this mini forest, it also makes UNNES a beautiful campus with lots of green plants and trees and the air in the campus environment is fresher and cleaner.
In addition, the mini forest is also useful as a habitat for various types of flora and fauna. There are various types of flora in the mini forest, such as mahogany, teak, areca nut, ketapang, and other types. With the towering trees in this mini forest, the existence of various animals that live in the trees is also inevitable, such as squirrels, tree snakes, monkeys, and various species of birds.
Unlike the mini forests in other areas, the mini forests in the Faculty of Engineering (FT) have their own uniqueness. This FT mini forest has some beautiful animals such as turkeys and pigeons. These animals are specially cared for by FT staff. Pigeons are placed in special cages, while turkeys are allowed to roam in the FT area. These beautiful animals are the main attraction for students and guests who come to the Faculty of Engineering. Not infrequently, people around the campus also come to see these beautiful animals.
The existence of the UNNES mini forest is proof of the seriousness of the UNNES campus in becoming a conservation-minded campus. Through the mini forest, UNNES shows its contribution in maintaining the balance of natural ecosystems as well as a form of effort from UNNES to protect the environment in the UNNES campus area itself.