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Jakarta protests Yale University over green index

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 14 2008   /  10:09 am

The government will lodge a formal protest against Yale University over its newly released environmental performance index (EPI) report, which ranked Indonesia among the world's least environmentally friendly countries. The university's EPI report, published in Newsweek's July 7-14 edition, ranked Indonesia 102nd out of 149 countries, mainly because of widespread deforestation. State Minister for the Environment Rachmat Witoelar said the data used in the report was out of date. "The report is not fair. It is absurd because all the data is invalid. I will send my special staff to Yale to protest their researchers," he said. Amanda Katili, the ministry's special expert on climate change, will leave for the United States on Monday. "I will present Yale researchers with the new forestry data. This data is available at the Forestry Ministry ...