25 Oct 2007

Pacific leaders named on Time magazine's environmental heroes list

1:38 pm on 25 October 2007

Time magazine has named the governor of Indonesia's Papua region on its new list of so-called Heroes of The Environment.

The US-based weekly says the list spotlights the most innovative and influential protectors of the planet.

Papua's first directly elected governor Barnabas Suebu was praised for his move to fight poverty with the province's unrivaled biodiversity.

Since his election last year, Suebu has made plans to declare a moratorium on log exports and recommended that no new logging concessions be given to timber companies.

The Time list also includes Palau's President Tommy Remengesau and a former US vice president Al Gore.