A World Resources Institute dialogue about how to respond to Indonesia’s challenges to ensure growth and sustainability in the next 20 years.

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Indonesia is the battleground for sustainable development. The country ranks first in marine biodiversity and second in terrestrial biodiversity, scattered across its more than 17,000 islands. At the same time it is also an emerging economy in the dynamic Asia-Pacific region – with an economy growing at 6% on average for the past decade.

The question is whether Indonesia’s growth will be sustainable - especially in the next 20 years. Unlike other emerging nations, nearly eighty percent of Indonesia’s greenhouse gas emissions are from deforestation and the draining of carbon-rich peat-lands. By 2030, Indonesia will have added 90 million people into its so-called "consumption" class, living in urban areas, consuming resources, and shifting the emissions profile into energy and transportation.

As part of our efforts to deepen our work in this strategic country, the World Resources Institute hosted a dialogue on the most pressing natural resources and development issues facing Indonesia. The event also aimed to serve as the Jakarta launch of the Global Forest Watch - a new partnership aiming to provide the most current, reliable, and actionable information about what is happening in forests worldwide.

An eminent group of thought leaders joined World Resources Institute for this event. Invitees include Dr. Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, Basuki “Ahok” Purnama, Rachmat Gobel, Dr. Vivi Alatas, Minister Zulkifli Hasan, and Ambassadors to the United States, the United Kingdom, and Norway.


  • Dr. Andrew Steer, President and CEO of World Resources Institute (@andrewsteerwri)
  • Dr. Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, Head of Presidential Delivery Unit
  • Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, Former Ambassador of Indonesia to the United States (@dinopattidjalal)
  • Dr. Vivi Alatas, Senior Economist, World Bank (@vvalatas)
  • Dr. Sutanto Soehodho, Vice Governor, DKI Jakarta
  • Rudi Putra, 2014 Goldman Environmental Prizewinner


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