|[February 04, 2014]
Asia Pulp & Paper Calls on NGOs, Governments and Businesses to Collaborate to Protect Indonesia's Forests
JAKARTA, Indonesia --(Business Wire)--
Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) launched its Forest Conservation Policy
(FCP) Anniversary Report with a call for NGOs, Governments and
businesses to work together in an effort to help tackle deforestation in
On February 5th 2013, APP
announced a permanent end to natural forest clearance across its
entire supply chain through the introduction of its FCP. Covering over
2.6 million hectares of forest concessions, APP's FCP represented a
breakthrough moment for the global protection of natural forest. The
commitment is the largest and most ambitious plan for the implementation
of landscape level High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock
(HCS) principles in the world.
As HCV and HCS assessments are nearing completion, APP has begun the
process of translating its findings into the Integrated Sustainable
Forest Management Plans (ISFMPs), which will set out how the concessions
will be run and preserved.
However, in developing these plans, the company has concluded that
success in the long term will require commitment from many more of
Indonesia's forestry stakeholders.
Aida Greenbury, APP's managing director of sustainability and
stakeholder engagement, said: "We are creating management plans to
ensure the viability of the 2.6 million hectares that our suppliers are
responsible for. However, unless all of Indonesia's land is properly
managed too, then the forest landscape will continue to be at risk from
"In 2014, we will finalise the largest integrated biodiversity and
conservation assessments that have ever been conducted. From these
assessments, we have discovered many opportunities and obstacles that we
know cannot be realised or resolved by a single company.
"It is time for all parties to get active and start working together.
The days of campaigning against businesses that have shown commitment to
change the way they operate, as we have, should be brought to a
conclusion. Now is the time to focus on the future and to develop
solutions to the complex issues associated with forestry in Indonesia
and to promote responsible practise."
Scott Poynton, executive director of The Forest Trust, a non-profit
organisation that is helping APP ensure its policy is translated into
actual change on the ground, said: "One year in and we have a moratorium
on forest clearance in all its suppliers that has proven to be
effective. HCV and HCS forest assessments are being completed, a number
of social conflicts are now solved, and there is real transparency in
reporting progress against its policy.
"We understand that complete trust isn't built in a day and not even in
a single year, but the company is listening to concerns and is ready to
continue to implement and improve its FCP implementation. APP is 100 per
cent committed to zero deforestation."
As part of its one year anniversary, APP has set out the four key
priorities for 2014 that must be addressed by broader industry to bring
about zero deforestation. These are:
Overlapping licenses - The issue of overlapping licenses needs
to be resolved by all concerned parties if we are to develop a system
for governing all concession holders in Indonesia.
Community and land conflict issues - At times when the needs of
communities are at odds with no-deforestation policies, an agreed and
consistent way of managing the negotiation process should be developed.
Landscape management - Landscape level conservation is vital to
the preservation of peatland, the habitat of key species and
protection against forest fires, all of which can span several
concession areas of differing uses. A cross sector approach must
therefore be developed to manage entire landscapes to ensure their
long term viability.
Market recognition - Policies that protect forests and peatland
can only be economically viable if there is market recognition of
their value. It is therefore important for the market to encourage
companies to introduce and implement them.
To mark the FCP's anniversary, APP
is today hosting an event in Jakarta, at which this and other issues
can be debated by panellists from APP, TFT, Greenpeace, Ekologika and
NGO participants. The panel is moderated by Mongabay's Rhett Butler.
A recording of the event will be available at www.asiapulppaper.com this
week. In addition, Twitter (News - Alert) users can follow the discussion using hashtag
Notes to editors:
Key highlights of the first year of FCP implementation can be found in
APP's One Year Anniversary Report, available at www.asiapulppaper.com.
Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) is a trade name for a group of pulp and
paper manufacturing companies in Indonesia and China. The APP Group of
companies is one of the world's largest vertically integrated pulp and
paper companies, with an annual combined pulp, paper, and converting
products capacity of over 18 million tons. APP-Indonesia and APP-China
currently market their products in more than 120 countries across six
continents. The majority of APP's production facilities are
Chain-of-Custody certified by SVLK, LEI and PEFC.
APP launched its Sustainability Roadmap Vision 2020 in June 2012 and its
Forest Conservation policy in February 2013, to further improve its
environmental performance, biodiversity conservation, and protection of
community rights. More information can be found at www.asiapulppaper.com.
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