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Addressee Profile: Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of Indonesia

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This photograph was produced by Agência Brasil, a public Brazilian news agency. The content of this website is published under the Creative Commons License Attribution 3.0 BrazilSusilo Bambang Yudhoyono has been President of Indonesia since 2004. He made our list by heading up the fourth highest greenhouse gas emitting country in the world.

 

 

Positive Moves

  • Yudhoyono, approved a two-year extension to a 2011 moratorium that bars new logging and palm oil plantation permits under a $1 billion. The deal preserves 158 million acres. [source]

  • In 2009, Yudhoyono pledged to cut Indonesia’s emissions by 26 percent by 2020 using the state budget or by 41 percent with international aid. Indonesia was the first developing country in the world to commit to an emissions reduction target. [source]

  • He was honored by the Nature Conservancy, World Resources Institute, and WWF with the first with the first-ever “Valuing Nature Award” for his leadership in recognizing the importance of natural resources and working to conserve them. [source]

Why it’s not enough

  • Indonesia is believed to be the world’s third largest producer of carbon emissions largely due to forest fires and massive illegal logging across the archipelago nation. [one two]

  • The moratorium Yudhoyono extended does not prevent development on previously allocated leases on peatlands, which make up an estimated 61 percent of all undeveloped land. Peatland soils store significant amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. [source]

  • Nine of Indonesia’s main rivers are contaminated with dangerously  high levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) due to the dumping of industrial chemicals and agriculture and domestic waste. [source]

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Wikipedia

 

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