Will APP and APRIL deliver on their public commitments this time?
NGOs: APP’s new pulp mill endangers Indonesia’s climate change commitments
NGOs urge APP to stop using drained peatlands for pulpwood plantations.
Advisory to Buyers and Investors of RGE/APRIL
WWF and local NGOs in the Eyes on the Forest coalition are continuing to monitor RGE's operations.
“Zero deforestation” champion creates new risks for Indonesia’s forests and peatlands
New report: APP is putting forest and carbon-rich peatlands at risk with new pulp mill.
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
► IFCC/PEFC certification of Indonesian pulp plantations