IRI Indonesia meets with Vice Minister of Environment and Forestry, Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Cultural Affairs

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) invited IRI Indonesia to participate in a high-level meeting to discuss “social forestry and climate village” – a new program being developed by the Ministry. Several officials attended including Dr. Alue Dohong, Vice Minister; Mrs. Ir. Laksmi Dhewanthi, Director General for Climate Change; Dr. Ir. Bambang Supriyanto, Director General for Social Forestry and Environmental Partnerships; Dr. Ir Ruandha Agung Sugardiman, Director General of Forestry Planning and Environmental Management; Dr. Ir. Agus Justianto, Head of Research and Development and Innovation Agency; and Nunu Anugrah, Head of the Ecoregion Development Control Center. The meeting was an opportunity for IRI Indonesia to present their activities and achievements, the newly developed sermon books and to discuss a possible partnership. The Ministry agreed to share the data they have access to including status on deforestation, ecosystem restoration and conservation areas and involve IRI in their environmental programs to ensure that the religious audience is reached. They also agreed to share their booth and presentation time at the COP 26 Indonesia Pavilion with IRI Indonesia. IRI Indonesia also met in May with the Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Cultural Affairs to discuss a formal launch event for the IRI Indonesia resources guides and religious teaching books. Thomas Siregar, Deputy for Religious Moderation, welcomed the initiative and discussed a future partnership within the religious diversity program to include an environmental curriculum in religious schools.