Indonesian Rainforests

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Greenpeace is campaigning to prevent the reckless destruction of Indonesia’s remaining rainforests. We are doing so to protect endangered wildlife like the Sumatran tiger and orangutan, support forest communities, and to stop greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation. In February 2013, after significant public pressure and negotiations with Greenpeace, Asia Pulp and Paper published a new “Forest Conservation Policy” which, if implemented, could spell the end of its long and controversial history of rainforest destruction. Greenpeace will be monitoring APP closely to ensure these commitments are met.

The Indonesian government estimates that over one million hectares of forest are being cleared every year, one of the highest rates of forest destruction in the world. The conversion of rainforests to tree plantations for pulp and palm oil production is a leading cause of this deforestation.

Asia Pacific Resources International (APRIL) is destroying the Sumatran tiger’s remaining habitat to make disposal tissue and paper products. An incredible 60 per cent of fibre supply to APRIL's Riau Andalan Pulp & Paper (RAPP) pulp mill in Indonesia is rainforest wood. And in 2012, APRIL planned to feed its Sumatran pulp mill by trashing another 60,000 hectares of rainforest – an area nearly the size of Singapore.

Sumatran Tiger numbers in the wild have dipped perilously low to less 400. At current rates of destruction, the Sumatran tiger is likely to follow its predecessors, the Javanese and Bali tigers, into extinction.

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Many global brands previously suspended contracts with APP and introduced policies that ensure environmentally responsible sourcing after a wave of public pressure inspired by Greenpeace. These companies include Kraft, Nestlé, Unilever, Corporate Express, Adidas, Staples and, most recently, Lego and Mattel.

How Greenpeace works to save Indonesia’s rainforests

  • Exposing companies that do business with rainforest destroyers: We are engaging large corporate customers to put in place policies that support the use of environmentally responsible pulp and paper products and those that contain palm oil.
  • Engaging individual consumers: Canadians do not want products that come from endangered Sumatran tiger habitat. We are helping consumers avoid products that come from rainforest destruction.
  • Supporting Indonesia: Indonesian President Susilo Yudhoyono has committed to prioritize rainforest protection for the rest of his presidency. Greenpeace is supporting his leadership and working with his government to make this happen.
  • Providing solutions: Rainforest destruction is not the only way. Sustainable forest products are possible. Greenpeace has an international track record of providing solutions for forests and the people who inhabit them. We have already convinced APP’s sister company and palm oil producer, Golden Agri Resources (GAR) to take steps to reduce their impact on their forests of Indonesia. And more recently APP published a new “Forest Conservation Policy” which, if implemented, could spell the end of its long and controversial history of rainforest destruction. We will continue to monitor their actions.

The latest updates

 

And it just gets shadier

Blog entry by Richard Brooks | March 31, 2011

Asia Pulp and Paper linked to Consumer Freedom groups Yesterday  I blogged about the sale of the fifth Canadian pulp mill to notorious and corrupt forest destroyer Asia Pulp and Paper (through a subsidiary Paper Excellence) and...

Barbie, It's Over: Cyber-activist cafe June 2011

Blog entry by Natalie Caine | January 1, 2011

Goal: to convince Mattel to discontinue contracts with Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) by exerting pressure on its leading brand, Barbie, via online and social networks. Why: APP has been identified by...

Sinar Mas caught with pants on fire, fibbing to stock markets

Blog entry by Stephanie Goodwin | August 19, 2010

Shooting yourself in the foot. Getting egg all over your face. These and many more idioms apply to the Sinar Mas group which, following the release of its audit last week, has seen its executives "misreporting" the audit's findings...

Nestlé Facebook crash while the forests still burn

Blog entry by editor | March 22, 2010

From the Greenpeace UK blog When we plan campaigns, we often have a reasonable idea of how much interest they'll get. Some are designed to speak to a small, specific audience who are in the right place to get things done, while...

Saving forests and stopping climate change: one action at a time

Blog entry by Stephanie Goodwin | November 27, 2009

Only hours ago my passport was returned to me by Indonesian immigration officials who escorted me from Riau province on the island of Sumatra, where I was deported for protesting forest destruction and climate change back to Jakarta.

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