Reduce emissions. Consume less. Shift to renewables. Conserve forests. Save energy. Share technology. Take global action. These are the solutions President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono prescribed for Indonesia to pursue
sustainable growth with equity.
The solutions were simple but were hard to achieve, thus the importance of political will to overcome the resistance to environmentally-sound policies, the President said in a major policy address at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Bogor on June 13.
SBY said sustainable growth with equity can not be achieved without addressing climate change. Critical to climate mitigation efforts is sustainable forestry, given that forests cover 69 percent of Indonesia’s land area and 31 percent of the world’s land mass.
Although SBY spelt out a few of the instruments used to reduce deforestation a...