Forests Asia Summit 2014: Join the debate

Aerial view of a river meandering in northern Papua, Indonesia. Photo credit: Mokhammad Edlaidi for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

Aerial view of a river meandering in northern Papua, Indonesia. Photo credit: Mokhammad Edlaidi for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

The two-day Forests Asia Summit opens on Monday next week, 5th May  in Jakarta, Indonesia, with a keynote speech delivered by Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. With more than 2,000 people registered to attend, the event looks set to be the biggest debate in years on the future of Southeast Asia’s forests and landscapes.

Southeast Asia has become the world’s largest source of greenhouse gases from land-use change, yet the majority of the region’s rural population depends on climate-sensitive sectors such as agriculture – the primary driver of deforestation in the area. Agricultural expansion threatens the region’s tropical forest and many ecosystem services they provide.

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