Asia Pulp and Paper Group (APP) is adapting its business with the help of stakeholders including the WWF, Greenpeace and NGOs to support the conservation of the rainforest in Indonesia.
Taking the company well beyond its legal conservation requirements, APP intends to focus on landscapes in Bukit Tigapuluha of Jambi, Senepis, Giam Siak Kecil, Kampar Peninsula and Kerumutan, located in Riau. It will also focus on Muba Berbak Sembilang, OKI of South Sumatra, Kubu Raya of West Kalimantan, and Kutai of East Kalimantan.
The conservation steps will comprise increased protection of the corridor road from illegal activities, work on protecting the threatened elephant herd in the Tebo Multi Agro concession, as well as looking at the possibility of creating an animal corridor in the WKS concession.
At present, APP is in consultation with stakeholders to develop plans for identified priority landscapes, where its suppliers have commercial forestry based operations. The plans will then be implemented by the company in collaboration with other relevant players in the landscape, while observing the principles of free, prior and informed consent.
The commitment will be developed into a time-bound plan in the coming months and will form part of the company’s integrated sustainable forest management plans, which are currently being developed by APP, high conservation value, and high carbon stock.
APP sustainability managing director Aida Greenbury said that the efforts will be much more effective by working with Indonesian and international stakeholders, as well as organisations such as WWF, The Forest Trust and Ekologika.
"After over a year of implementing our forest conservation policy, it has become clear that the key to success of any efforts to halt deforestation in Indonesia is a landscape-level approach to forest restoration and conservation," Greenbury added.
Image: Critical landscapes under consultation. Photo: courtesy of APP.