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Jakarta Post

SBY failing the environment: NGOs

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 19 2010   /  09:29 am

The government has failed to deliver on one of its main re-election campaign promises of prioritizing efforts to protect the environment, activists say.

This view was shared by a coalition of seven environmental groups in an assessment of the first-year performance of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s second-term Cabinet.

“Many of the government’s plans to protect the environment have yet to be implemented [in the field],” Chalid Muhammad, chairman of the Indonesian Green Institute, told reporters on Monday.

The green groups gave the government a red rating — indicating poor performance — for environmental issues.

Chalid said that Yudhoyono’s administration had used environmental issues to gain international popularity, but had failed to deliver on his promises at home.

He said the government’s much-hyped campaign to plant 1 billion t...