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BOGOR, Indonesia (12 June 2012) _ Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to give a global policy address themed “Forests in the future we want” at the headquarters of the Center for International Forestry Research on Wednesday.
Indonesia’s tropical forests are the third largest in the world and are central to the country’s economy, environment and society. They are also critical in the fight against climate change. In 2009 President Yudhoyono pledged to cut Indonesia’s greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent from business-as-usual levels by 2020 – a vow only achievable if its forests are protected.
President Yudhoyono’s speech comes eight months after dedicating the last three years of his administration to safeguarding Indonesia’s forests and after the mid-way point of a two-year moratorium on new logging concessions.
His address also comes just days ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development – known as Rio+20. It is a global dialogue on sustainability and the development of a green economy, where Indonesia is expected to play a lead role in drafting an institutional framework that will be tabled at the summit to be held in Rio de Janeiro. The world’s remaining forests are vital in the creation of new sustainable development approaches related to jobs, energy, cities, food, water, oceans and disasters.
A video and transcript of the speech will be available on after the event.
The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) advances human wellbeing, environmental conservation and equity by conducting research to inform policies and practices that affect forests in developing countries. CIFOR helps ensure that decision-making that affects forests is based on solid science and principles of good governance, and reflects the perspectives of developing countries and forest-dependent people. CIFOR is one of 15 centres within the CGIAR.