APP calls on stakeholders to help protect Indonesia’s forests

Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) has launched its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP) Anniversary Report with a call for NGOs, governments and businesses to work together in to help tackle deforestation in Indonesia.

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A year ago APP declared 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, it says the commitment is the largest plan for the implementation of landscape level High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) principles in the world.

APP has set out four key priorities for 2014 that must be addressed – overlapping licenses, community and land conflict issues, landscape management, and market recognition.

To mark the FCP’s anniversary, APP is today hosting an event in Jakarta, at which this and other issues will be debated by panellists from APP, TFT, Greenpeace, Ekologika and NGO participants.

Aida Greenbury, APP’s managing director of sustainability and stakeholder engagement, said unless all of Indonesia’s land is properly managed, the forest landscape will continue to be at risk from further degradation.

“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 change on the ground, said: “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.”