Indonesia: Environment Ministers Support Forest Preservation

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Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono opens the Ministerial Meeting on World Environment at Bali’s Nusa Dua.

The February 24 meeting, which adopts the slogan of "One Planet: Our Responsibility," attracted more than 30 ministerial officials and around 1,000 delegates.

President Yudhoyono says the meeting has value, strategic importance, and is expected to respond to various problems of environmental degradation.

Yudhoyono says that Indonesia will collaborate with 10 countries that have tropical rainforests to form the so-called "Forest Eleven" (or F-11) to maintain rainforests that serve as what he described as the lungs of the world.

[Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Indonesian President]:
"Indonesia together with 10 countries that have tropical rainforests, established ‘The Forest Eleven' on September 2007. This co-operative is built to ensure that forest management can be implemented on an ongoing basis. The Forest Eleven also agrees on the importance of forest management as an effort to achieve the millennium development goals. We continue to invite and encourage other countries, to positively support this important movement together."

This meeting lasted for three days, concluding on Friday, February 26.

NTD News, Bali.

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