JAKARTA, Indonesia, Feb. 5, 2014 (Press Release) - Greenpeace today marks the one-year anniversary it suspended active public campaign work against Asia Pulp & Paper (APP). The suspension gives the company the time and space to implement commitments it has made to end its involvement in deforestation.
To mark the anniversary, Bustar Maitar, Head of the Indonesia Forest Campaign at Greenpeace International, said:
"One year on, APP is making progress in implementing its conservation commitments, despite the many challenges here in Indonesia. APP's progress helps to increase the pressure on other forest destroyers, such as APRIL/RGE group, which is now the biggest driver of deforestation for pulp in Indonesia.
"APRIL/RGE recently announced a policy that will allow it to continue to destroy forest for up to six more years. This is unacceptable and Greenpeace will continue exposing its increasingly desperate attempts to greenwash its practices."
In other sectors, the largest palm oil trader in the world, Wilmar International, also recently adopted an ambitious No Deforestation commitment.
On challenges APP has in implementing its policy:
"APP's work in the last year has put the spotlight on the challenge of overlapping concession licenses, where the same forest land has been allocated to different industry interests. Government action is urgently needed to resolve this if forest conservation is to succeed in Indonesia.
Greenpeace urges the Indonesian government to immediately review all concession licenses to help improve governance in the forest sector."