SBY and Indonesia's forests: A legacy in the making?

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On September 27, it was my honor and privilege to introduce President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as keynote speaker of the CIFOR-sponsored conference "Forests Indonesia: Alternative futures to meet demands for food, fiber, fuel and REDD+" in Jakarta. And what a speech it was. In it, the president took the opportunity to "re-affirm Indonesia's pioneering role in harnessing forestry to the global effort to address climate change," and dedicated the remainder of his presidency "to deliver enduring results that will sustain and enhance the environment and forests of Indonesia." It is hard to imagine a more fitting way for a nation's leader to commemorate the United Nation's designation of 2011 as the International Year of Forests.

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