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Indonesia pursuing economic growth, forest protection

06-11-2010 17:42 BJT

by Mulyanda Djohan

JAKARTA, June 11 (Xinhua) -- The Indonesian government must do hard works to harmonize its urgent need to pursue higher economic growth and protect its large rain forest across the archipelago country as part of global efforts to prevent the rise of temperature on the planet.

With limited budget particularly to finance much needed infrastructure projects, the country must refrain from taking economic benefit of its large forest, such as by exploiting and shifting its forest to agriculture sector.

It is not an easy task for the developing country which need to reduce its unemployment which climbed during the global financial routs in 2008 and 2009.

Besides, the country must at least survive during the implementation of some free trades, by improving its economic efficiency so that its products could compete with those from other countries.

Some other developed countries have already exploited their forests, chopping the trees sown and shifted them into farm land in the past.

But, the Indonesian government has taken a wise policy by pledging a commitment to protecting forest for the benefit of the world, amid the concern on global warming.

Indonesia has pledged to reduce its carbon emission by 26 percent in 2020 and to expand it to 41 percent should there is an international assistance.

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