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History of deforestation RGE/APRIL

Royal Golden Eagle Group/APRIL (RGE/APRIL) started its forestry and mill operations in 1996. Since the early years, they have been criticized by researchers and NGOs for their rampant and sometimes legally questionable land grabbing and deforestation activities. In response, the company kept making promises to stop deforestation but the reality has shown that it continues to be involved in deforestation activities. 

DEFORESTATION HISTORY

There has been no precise calculation of RGE/APRIL’s historical deforestation, though EoF estimated that the company’s wood suppliers deforested 595,000 hectares of natural forest inside its Riau concessions alone until 2012 since starting its operations, and far more through its suppliers, with impacts on Indonesia’s forests, biodiversity, people as well as the global climate.

       1996

 

Starts its pulp production in Riau, Sumatra, Indonesia.

 

2005

Company publishes a policy to “protect High Conservation Value Forest”, though its implementation has been generally considered a failure.

 

2009

Company misses its own deadline to source from plantations forest only. An Eyes of the Forest report demonstrated in 2012 that APRIL was Sumatra’s biggest forest pulper from 2009 to 2012.

 

August 2013

FSC ends its association with the RGE group

 

January 2014

Company publishes a new “sustainability forest management plan” which has been cautiously received by many NGOs. It pushes the deadline to source from plantation forests only from 2009 to 2019.

 

June 2015

Company announces an upgraded Sustainable Forestry Management Plan (SFMP 2.0) containing an immediate moratorium on natural forest clearing and new peatland development.

 

November 2016

WWF-Indonesia suspends its membership in APRIL's Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) due to lack of progress by APRIL and RGE to implement SFMP 2.0 and the "Forestry, Fibre, Pulp & Paper Sustainability Framework"; violations to government policy towards peat protection and restoration; and lack of transparency and misleading information to hide "business as usual" operations. 

APRIL’s Riau completes its third mill and increased its production capacity around 30%, despite not having enough plantation supply in Riau province.
 

December 2018
APRIL’s sister company PT Asia Pacific Rayon (APR) - one of the largest viscose-rayon producers in Asia - starts their operation in December 2018 with a capacity of 240,000 ton/year. A group of NGO’s report on their concern on the endless deforestation particularly on peatland.