Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 289

Greens Continue Campaign Against Conservation in Indonesia

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 maggio 2012

Just last year Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, warned that Indonesia was still facing trouble from foreign green NGOs fundamentally opposed to the notion of economic development. But it looks like the greens will now have to come up with yet another excuse to oppose Indonesia’s economic rise, after Indonesia’s forestry sector announced plans to “suspend natural-forest clearing in Indonesia and start holding itself and its suppliers to a higher standard of forest conservation.” Thi s decision truly flies in the face of the claim that the country’s forestry industry is not doing enough to support conservation. Despite this positive measure, groups like the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Greenpeace continue to remain dismissive and outright hostile. Bustar Maitar, head of Greenpeace’s forest campaign in Indonesia, stated that “It’s hard to believe this will become a breakthrough,” hardly the most substantive and robust critique. This is all because Greenpeace not only looks set to lose face in Indonesia; this move will undermine the greens’ campaign to promote the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). If green groups can no longer point fingers and make wild accusations against businesses that source their products from Indonesia, then how will they be able to justify bullying others into endorsing FSC? Greenpeace’s hostility towards Indonesia is well renowned. The onus is now entirely on Greenpeace, WWF and other groups to acknowledge the positive measures being taken in Indonesia, and drop their fundamental opposition to the robust commercial activity emanating from the country.


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