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

 

Asia Pulp and Paper rainforest destruction hits Canadian shelves

Blog entry by Shane Moffatt | March 30, 2012

Breaking news – Greenpeace can reveal today that notorious rainforest destroyer Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) has begun distributing its Indonesian copy paper to major supermarkets and pharmacies right here in Canada. On the back of a...

Xerox: Honesty is the best policy when you are caught trading with APP

Blog entry by Andy Tait, Senior Campaign Advisor | March 23, 2012

It is three weeks since we launched  'The Ramin Paper Trail'  exposing that the logyards at APP’s main pulp mill in Indonesia are riddled with illegal ramin logs. We also released evidence showing that 11 companies, including Xerox,...

Illegal wood at APP’s mill – now you see it, now you don’t

Blog entry by Zul Fahmi, Greenpeace South East Asia | March 19, 2012

More than two weeks ago, Greenpeace submitted video evidence documenting illegal ramin logs at APP’s Indah Kiat mill to the Indonesian authorities – both the Ministry of Forestry and the National Police. Today, the Ministry of Forestry...

APP customers start to take action as we deliver evidence to police in indonesia

Blog entry by Zul Fahami | March 2, 2012 1 comment

Greenpeace Indonesia lead by Zulfahmi (Left) visit Minister of Forest Mr. Darori, Director General of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation (right) and hand over a year-long investigation, showing that Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) is...

Xerox implicated in Asia Pulp & Paper illegal rainforest scandal

Feature story | March 1, 2012 at 9:05

A year-long Greenpeace investigation into the world’s third largest pulp and paper producer, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), has found that the company is systematically violating Indonesia’s laws protecting ramin, an internationally protected tree species.

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