Indonesian President vows to dedicate himself to forest preservation
“For my part, I will continue my work and dedicate myself during the last three years as president to the achievement of things that will preserve and sustain the environment and forests of Indonesia,”
- President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said, during the last three years of his presidency, he would dedicate himself to efforts to preserve the country’s forests.
He emphasized the importance of conserving the forests and reducing emissions from land use, land use changes and forest exploitation which account for up to 85 percent of Indonesia’s entire greenhouse gas emissions.
“I do not want later to have explain to my granddaughter Almira, why we, during our time, could not save our forests and the people whose livelihoods depended on them. I do not want to have to tell her the sad reality that our tigers, rhinoceroses, and orangutans vanished like the dinosaurs,” he stated.
He reiterated his pledge at the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh that Indonesia would voluntarily reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent from business-as-usual levels by 2020.