Indonesia Can Achieve Growth, Environmental Protection: SBY

Source : Jakarta Globe
June 15, 2011

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told CNN that Indonesia could concurrently achieve the goals of environmental protection and economic growth.

“My government has declared that we are committed to a 26 percent reduction of emissions by the year 2020.  This is a very important step,”  Yudhoyono Yudhoyono said during an interview with host Andrew Stevens for the program Talk Asia.

“We have to continue to really protect our forests, our environment and prevent destruction in the future.”

The government recently imposed a two-year moratorium to ban new permits to clear primary forests and carbon-rich peatland, but many activists believe the moratorium does not go far enough to protect Indonesia’s remaining forests.

Stevens cited China and India as emerging countries where there had been “significant environmental degradation.”

“Our philosophy is that we can achieve both – economic growth and environmental protection and my government is committed to doing that.”

Talk Asia is CNN’s weekly program in which the cable network explores the personalities behind newsmakers in the fields of arts, politics, sports and business. Some of the prominent people Talk Asia has interviewed are Chinese grand slam champion Li Na, football legend Pele and Indian tycoon Ratan Tata.

The interview with President Yudhoyono airs at 5:30 p.m. Jakarta time.

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