Indonesian paper companies turning over a new leaf?
Drainage canal inside APRIL acacia concession on peat soil in Pelalawan, Riau, Sumatra.
WWF is calling for continued pressure on Indonesia’s pulp and paper industry to ensure recent commitments on responsible forest management and reduction of deforestation are real and ongoing. Rod Taylor, WWF’s Global Forest Programme Director, noted recent turnarounds by pulp and paper giants APP and APRIL to stop pulping Indonesia’s natural forests, where they have done enormous damage in recent years. He called for independent monitoring through eg the Environmental Paper Network launched by WWF and other groups, to measure progress against goals such as avoided deforestation and resolving social issues. These companies can restore critical forest and wetland areas, reduce climate emissions from peat drainage, and compensate communities whose rights have been trampled.
Original story posted on: 04.02.2014 Updated: 17.04.14