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Gusti to focus on climate change, fires and river basins

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 24 2009   /  11:39 am

New State Minister for the Environment Gusti Muhammad Hatta has pledged to take tough action to save the country's natural environment by focusing on climate change, forest fires and critical river basins in his first 100-day program. Gusti, who has rarely been heard at the national forum on environment, was a professor and vice rector at the Lambung Mangkurat University in Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan, and is determined to strengthen Indonesia's position at climate change talks at international forums by establishing an emissions target by the Copenhagen climate change summit to be held in December. "President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono asked me to present Indonesia as a pioneer at the climate change conference," he said in an interview hours before his inauguration at the Presidential Palace on Thursday. Gusti, who was still surprised by his appointment to the environment...