Jonah Busch: “Forests contribute to climate stability and sustainable development”


Concrete actions to protect and conserve forests are needed so that their impact on climate stability and sustainable development can be maintained. And these actions need to take place starting now.

Such was conveyed by Jonah Busch, PhD, in his lecture for Padjadjaran University SDGs Center Seminar Series, held at the Faculty of Economics and Business campus, Wednesday (5/10). Jonah is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development, Washington DC, USA.

The lecture summarized Jonah’s research and idea that have been published as a book titled “Why Forests? Why Now? The Science, Economics, and Politics of Tropical Forests and Climate Change” (Brookings Institution Press, 2016), co-authored with Frances Seymour.

It elucidates the correlation between deforestation and climate change, and made such information available for a wider audience. In addition, “science, economics, and politics can be aligned to support actions for tropical forests,” Jonah underlined. Consequently, he hoped that countries can increase their financial contribution toward tropical forests conservation.

In her opening remarks, Unpad SDGs Center Director, Professor Armida Alisjahbana, appreciated the book that studied deforestation issues from perspectives beyond that of forestry. Graduate students from several programs attended the seminar that was moderated by Mr. Parikesit, PhD, an ecologist from the Faculty of Mathematics and Life Science, Padjadjaran University.