Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Prince Charles scheduled to visit Jambi

British Prince Charles on November 2, 2008 is scheduled to visit an Eco-Tourism Restoration project to be developed in Bungku village, Kuang Jaya, Batanghari district, Jambi, a spokesman said.

M Nazli of the Harapan Rainforest-Sumatera foundation, who is in charge of organizing the security and protection of the restoration project area said that Prince Charles upon his arrival at Sultan Thaha airport would proceed by land to the location.

The project is located about 100 km from the city of Jambi. The location was a former forest concession under the PT Asialog.

Covering 49,000 hectares of land in Jambi (and another 52,000 hectares in South Sumatra), the restoration project site has been handed over to the government to be converted into an ecosystem restoration location.

Some of its forested land are still in a good condition and are still home to at least 250 species of birds and tigers.

The government will hand over the management of the restoration project which covered 101,000 hectares to a consortium company Pt Restorasi Ekosistem Indonesia (REKI) or Harapan Rainforest-Sumatra.

Prince Charles will be paying a state visit to Indonesia during which he will have an observation tour of Jambi`s eco-tourism project in Batanghari district here.

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