The Prince of Wales made his final stop on his East Asian tour in Indonesia Saturday. He will spend four days talking about the environment and opening faith dialogue in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country.
Prince Charles is expected to visit a forestry project in Bunku village, in Jambi province, on Sumatra Island tomorrow. He will then go to Yogyakarta and meet the city’s hereditary Sultan Hamengkubuwono X.
Britain’s Ambassador to Indonesia Martin Hatfull said Friday conservation of rain forests and interfaith dialogue were “very close to the Prince of Wales‘ heart.”
“He is well known and well respected as an authority… on both these issues,” Hatfull said.
At the Bunku village, the Prince is scheduled to visit an Eco-Tourism Restoration. Covering 49,000 hectares of land in Jambi (and another 52,000 in South Sumatra), the restoration project site has handed over to the government to be converted into an ecosytem restoration location, according to information from the Jambi provincial administration.
Local media reported heightened security around Jakarta’s Halim Perdanakusuma airbase in the lead-up to his visit, which comes as Indonesia prepares to execute three Islamist militants behind 2002 bombings on Bali island that killed more than 200.
Authorities in Indonesia are guarding against a possible violent backlash by supporters of the bombers.