Source : Australia Network News – September, 28 2011
Indonesia reaffirms its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emission growth by 26 per cent by 2020, or up to 41 per cent, if international assistance is provided.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhyono made the statement in his address at the Indonesian Forest Conference attended by around 1000 representatives from government, environmental and business organisations.
Mr Yudhoyono says, there are currently scores of pilot projects addressing deforestation being carried out across Indonesia using international aid as part of effort to reduce gas emission.
“This makes us a pioneer in creative ways to address climate change. It also provides us with research insights that will enrich our discussions today, and at the forthcoming global negotiations in COP17 in Durban, South Africa,” he said.
Yudhoyono pledges to intensify forest conservation to meet the reduction target in his administration’s remaining three years of government.
Indonesia loses around 1.1 million hectares forest annualy, mostly to land clearing for palm oil plantations or pulp and paper industries.
Wide scale illegal logging is also estimated to have cost Indonesia around 4 billion dollar annually.
Deforestation contributes to 20 per cent of global greenhouse gas emission, 85 per cent of which comes from Indonesia, which makes it one of the biggest contributor of greenhouse gas in the world.