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Asian Paper Giant Agrees to Stop Cutting Indonesia’s Natural Rainforests

Feb 5, 2013
(The Washington Post)

Asia Pulp & Paper, the third-largest pulp and paper company in the world,announced Tuesday that it is halting operations in Indonesia’s natural rainforests, a victory for advocates who have been negotiating with the company for the past year.

The Singapore-based company, which controls logging concessions spanning nearly 6.4 million acres in Indonesia, said it also has agreed to protect forested peatland, which stores massive amounts of carbon, and to work with indigenous communities to protect their native land.

APP, a member of the Sinar Mas Group, estimates that 20 percent of its Indonesian wood comes from native rainforests. The company said it has commissioned assessments to determine what areas in its concessions are natural forests, as opposed to areas that have been cleared.