Will APP and APRIL deliver on their public commitments this time?
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What is the problem?Eyes on the Forest (EoF), a coalition of local NGOs that includes WWF-Indonesia, has been monitoring the 2 groups’ field operations in Riau Province, Sumatra, since 2004.
In 2011, EoF estimated that more than 2 million hectares of forest had been cleared for APP alone to produce pulp in the last 30 years. Combined with additional deforestation caused by APRIL, these companies have caused substantial negative impacts on people, biodiversity (including Sumatran elephants and tigers) and the global climate.
Credible commitments?In 2013 and 2014, both groups made commitments on forest conservation and restoration. Their previous commitments have turned out to be empty promises, as they have marched on with forest clearance after their own deadlines to achieve 100% plantation-supplied production.
Though WWF cautiously welcomed these new commitments, it is too early to celebrate as:
- they need to be improved, and
- their implementation must result in positive changes on the ground.
Learn more about the issue► Current situation with APP and APRIL, and WWF position
► Advisory to APP/APRIL buyers & investors
► History of forest destruction by APP and APRIL
► How WWF works with paper companies