APRIL's "sustainability" policy a license to continue forest clearance

Press release - 28 January, 2014
Jakarta, 28 January 2014 - Indonesian pulp and paper giant, APRIL today released a "Sustainable Forest Management Policy", just weeks after being threatened to be kicked out of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

"APRIL's carefully orchestrated policy announcement is essentially a licence to continue forest clearance. A glaring weakness is that it would allow its current suppliers to continue to destroy forest and peatlands for nearly a year, and give it another six more years until it would stop using rainforest fibre at its mill," said Zulfahmi, Greenpeace Southeast Asia Forest Campaigner, at APRIL's press conference in Jakarta.

"If APRIL were serious about cutting forest destruction from their supply chains then it would look to more progressive players in the forestry sector that have put an immediate moratorium on all forest clearance and peatland development. Greenpeace will continue to expose APRIL's desperate measures to appease a growing demand for sustainable forestry products."

APRIL is the single largest driver of deforestation for pulp in Indonesia.  APRIL's "Sustainable Forest Management Policy" does not address any of the following issues:

- No commitment to implement an immediate moratorium on all natural forest clearance and peatland development in its suppliers' concessions.

- No commitment to protect all natural forests and other conservation values in its supplier concessions.

- No commitment by the parent company of APRIL, the Royal Golden Eagle Group (RGE) to address deforestation by other companies in the Group (for instance, Asian Agri and Toba Pulp Lestari).

ENDS

Media contact:
Tristan Tremschnig, Communications Coordinator Indonesia Forests, Greenpeace International, mob: +62 812 953 893 69 email: 

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