The Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) timber trade agreement is being signed in Brussels today between Indonesia and the European Union (EU). The head of the Indonesia Forest Campaign at Greenpeace International, Bustar Maitar, responded:Read more
Pulp and paper leader APRIL applauded an agreement finalized here today that requires Indonesia to certify timber exports to the European Union. The Voluntary Partnership Agreement signed by Indonesia and the EU mandates that Indonesian exporters will use only legally sourced timber in their forestry products.Read more
This decision follows the withdrawal of APRIL companies from FSC Chain of Custody certification, which FSC was notified about after a complaint had been filed in May 2013. The complaint by Greenpeace International, Rainforest Action Network and WWF Indonesia alleged the APRIL Group was in violation of FSC's Policy for Association.Read more
APRIL Indonesia has not been associated with the FSC system since September 2011.
The ‘withdrawal from FSC' which has been recently reported was by several company entities in the Greater China region which have common ownership links with APRIL.Read more
The decision by APRIL and companies associated with APRIL not to hold or seek FSC CoC/CW certification for the foreseeable future is based on concerns about the FSC's Policy for Association. This renders ineligible for FSC certification companies which are part of a group that has converted more than 10,000 hectares within the past five years.Read more
However, on 14 June 2013, the FSC International received from our Asia-Pacific and China offices written requests by APRIL subsidiaries to withdraw their FSC certificates, which were all for chain-of-custody.Read more