5 May 2014 - Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called on his successor, who will take office in October, to extend a ban on the issuance of new logging licenses, saying "more remains to be done" to address unsustainable land-use practices in his country and across the region.
Speaking to nearly 2,000 participants at the Forests Asia Summit in Jakarta, Yudhoyono
urged other countries in Southeast Asia to steer clear of a "self-destructing path of development.
called upon governments in the region to commit to sustainable land-use and investment practices that do not come at the expense of Southeast Asia's natural resources - chiefly its forests.
Indonesia is home to the world's third-largest area of tropical forests.
"What we do today is not for our own benefit," Yudhoyono
Transcripts of the speeches of President Yudhoyono and CIFOR Director General Holmgren are available at cifor.org/forestsasia/category/news/summit-news/.