IRI Indonesia Launches New Provincial Chapter In North Maluku

In a gathering that brought together diverse voices and faiths, IRI Indonesia launched a new provincial chapter in North Maluku.  The launch took place from October 5-7 in Ternate, North Maluku. The launch establishes IRI North Maluku as a platform for faith-based action on tropical forest protection. The primary objective of the gathering was to expand networks and cultivate collaborations among stakeholders who share a common dedication to promoting peace, tolerance, and interfaith cooperation in the realm of nature conservation, particularly in the context of safeguarding tropical forests. The three-day event attracted representatives from various sectors, including government officials from Ternate, 36 esteemed religious leaders from across Indonesia based in North Maluku, and 10 indigenous community representatives. In addition, the event drew the participation of four prominent non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in Ternate. During the workshops and focus group discussions, participants delved into the core mission and objectives of IRI Indonesia, instilling a shared commitment among the diverse group of attendees to the cause of forest preservation. A key achievement was the formation of a cohesive working team, comprising both religious leaders and indigenous community representatives. This united team was tasked with collaboratively devising an IRI North Maluku action plan for tropical forest preservation, imbued with a religious perspective. The event also facilitated direct engagement with the Sultan Ternate, a role equivalent to a provincial governor, representing the highest leadership in North Maluku. The discussion with the Sultan Ternate revolved around strengthening collaboration and ensuring the sustainable continuity of forest protection programs in the region.