JAKARTA, Indonesia, Dec. 21, 2017 (Press Release) -Riau Andalan Pulp & Paper (PT. RAPP) respects the verdict issued by the Jakarta State Administrative Court today. RAPP intends to adjust the company’s general working plan (RKU), as per directives from the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF).
The newly revised RKU will significantly impact our business activities. Nevertheless, we will comply with the directives from the MoEF.
We will continue to support the Indonesian government’s sustainable development objectives and efforts to reduce the impacts of climate change, by investing significantly in the conservation and restoration of peatlands.
Since 2013, we have implemented the Restorasi Ekosistem Riau (RER) initiative that to date covers 150,000 hectares of peat forest, as part of our restoration and conservation program in Indonesia, which is supported by an investment of US$100 million over the next 10 years.
We will continue to work to meet our commitment to conserve one hectare for every hectare planted (One for One goal), which currently stands at 83% - or 419,000 hectares - of forest under conservation and restoration.
In conducting its business, the company complies with all applicable laws and regulations. We believe that a balanced approach, between environmental protection and production activities, provides tangible results for both economic and social growth in provincial and rural areas.
Our current focus is to socialize the court’s ruling with our operations management teams, and to ensure the wellbeing of employees and contractors who are affected by today’s court decision.