Thursday 1 May 2014

One million acres of rainforest to be restored

One million hectares of rainforest and other ecosystems in Sumatra and Kalimantan, are to be restored and supported by Asia Pulp and Paper Group (APP) the organisation has announced; an area equivalent to the total acreage of pulp plantations APP currently manages.

The decision comes a year after APP’s implemented its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP), which saw an immediate and permanent cessation of natural forest clearance across its supply chain.

The initiative will require collaboration with other land managers, communities, government agencies and including Greenpeace, NGO members of APP’s Solutions Working Group and WWF who greeted the news cautiously.

“WWF and other NGOs have identified the lack of attention to APP’s deforestation legacy as a major shortcoming in the original Forest Conservation Policy,” said Rod Taylor, Director of WWF’s Global Forest Programme. “We are encouraged by this announcement and look forward to working with APP and other stakeholders to figure out the details of where and how forests will be restored and conserved under this initiative.”

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