Local and global communities gather to restore damaged forests at APP’s 6th annual tree planting day

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Local and global communities gather to restore damaged forests at APP’s 6th annual tree planting day

September 05, 2019 - 17:39
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JAKARTA, Sept. 3, 2019 (Press Release) -On the sixth anniversary of its annual tree-planting initiative, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), together with the Government of Indonesia, the International Tropical Timber Organization, Belantara Foundation, Indonesian and Japanese businesses and local communities, planted 10,000 seedlings of local tree species, Jelutong, and local fruit trees species, across 20 hectares of degraded conservation land in Giam Siak Kecil landscape of Riau Province.

The tree planting initiative is part of APP’s commitment to support the protection and restoration of landscapes in Indonesia. In 2014, Professor Akira Miyawaki, a well-known botanist and expert in plant ecology from the Yokohama National University of Japan, recommended planting trees from native species in order to accelerate the restoration of degraded landscapes. Since then, 42,000 trees from various indigenous species have been planted across 87 hectares of conservation land.

Elim Sritaba, APP’s Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement Director, said, “The restoration and conservation of Indonesia’s vital forests are part of our commitments under our Forest Conservation Policy. By bringing together partners from across local and global communities for initiatives like today’s tree planting event, we are better able to create real  contribution to Climate Action, one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.”

This year, the trees have been planted on 20 hectares of degraded conservation area of APP’s pulpwood supplier, PT Arara Abadi, in Giam Siak Kecil landscape. The planting of local tree species will go a long way in rehabilitate the landscape, which is also a known as habitat of the Sumatran tiger and Sumatran elephant.

Local communities participated in the tree planting initiative and will help to protect the area against any further illegal encroachment. These communities would also benefit from the restored forest through non-timber products such as tree sap and fruit in the future.

Makoto Nikkawa, Great Forest Wall Project’s Executive Director said, “These tree planting initiatives are important and meaningful in many ways. Rehabilitate and protecting forests helps local communities in real economic terms by sustaining and supplementing livelihoods. Such local actions also have global consequences, helping combat climate change and fostering harmonious relationships between man and his environment.”

For more information about APP’s forest conservation efforts, please visit www.fcpmonitoring.com.

About Asia Pulp & Paper

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) is a trade name for a group of pulp and paper manufacturing companies in Indonesia and China. APP is responsible for delivering quality products to meet the growing global demand for tissue, packaging and paper, with an annual combined pulp, paper, packaging product and converting capacity of over 19 million tons per annum. On any given day, APP’s products find their way into the hands of consumers in various branded forms from all over the world.

Ensuring supply chain integrity and commitment to the Sustainable Roadmap Vision 2020 are crucial to APP’s operations. Learn more about APP’s path to operational excellence by reading our Sustainability Reports and Forest Conservation Policy at www.asiapulppaper.com.