Indonesian president issues call to arms at ‘turning point’ for climate, development, forests

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (left) and CIFOR Director General Peter Holmgren enter the Shangri-La Hotel in Jakarta, 5 May 2014, the first day of the Forests Asia Summit. Photo for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (left) and CIFOR Director General Peter Holmgren enter the Shangri-La Hotel in Jakarta, 5 May 2014, the first day of the Forests Asia Summit. Photo for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called on his successor, who will take office in October, to extend a ban on the issuance of new logging licenses, saying “more remains to be done” to address unsustainable land-use practices in his country and across the region.

Speaking to nearly 2,000 participants at the Forests Asia Summit in Jakarta, Yudhoyono urged other countries in Southeast Asia to steer clear of a “self-destructing path of development.” He called upon governments in the region to commit to sustainable land-use and investment practices that do not come at the expense of Southeast Asia’s natural resources — chiefly its forests. Indonesia is home to the world’s third-largest area of tropical forests.

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