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Commitment to environment questionable

  • Wiryono

Queensland   /   Mon, December 20 2010   /  10:23 am

Several months after President Susilo Bambang Yudho-yono expressed the country’s commitment to cutting carbon emissions by 26 percent in Copenhagen, the Indonesian and Norwegian governments, in May 2010, signed a US$1 billion deal to reduce deforestation and forest degradation in Indonesia. In November this year, we and another 192 signatory nations to the Convention on Biological Diversity agreed to save biodiversity. Also in November, we joined 12 other countries in expressing commitment to protecting tigers from extinction. These commitments seem encouraging for the environment. However, many have cast doubt on our seriousness in implementing these promises. The lack of government political will to combat rampant corruption, for example, may render environmental protection programs ineffective. After all, this is not the first time we have expressed commitment to the protection of t...