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Monday, November 3, 2008

Prince Charles joins RI forest conservation drive

The heir to the British throne Prince Charles joined forest conservationists in restoring the ailing forest and ecosystem in Jambi province Sunday.

During his 90-minute visit, the Prince of Wales planted a Billian tree (^Yeusideroxylon zwageri^Y, also known as Borneo ironwood), a critically endangered endemic tree species.

Charles, accompanied by Forestry Minister Malam Sambat Kaban, had to walk along a dirty path to visit the tree nurseries and talked to indigenous people living near the forest.

"The visit shows Princes Charles' commitment to saving the rainforest," the minister said. "Charles also praised the rich biodiversity of the Jambi forest."

The Prince of Wales arrived in Indonesia on Saturday, touching down in Jambi on Sunday morning. The prince is not accompanied by his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, on this trip to
Indonesia, his second since 1996. He did not issue a press statement Sunday.

The forest restoration project was jointly initiated by a consortium of local NGOs, Burung Indonesia, the London-based Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and BirdLife
International. The prince plays no official role in the consortium.

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The painting is by Nancy Merkle

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