28/04/2014 13:30PM Australia/Sydney
JAKARTA, Indonesia (BUSINESS WIRE)
Immediate priority to secure wildlife conservation in the Bukit
Pulp and Paper Group (APP) has today announced a plan to restore and
support the conservation of one million hectares of rainforest across
Indonesia. This ground-breaking initiative has been developed with input
from many stakeholders, including WWF, Greenpeace and NGO members of
APP’s Solutions Working Group. It will have a significant impact on the
landscapes both in and around the plantation concessions in APP’s supply
The commitment, which takes the company well beyond its legal
conservation requirements, is approximately equivalent to the total area
of plantation from which the company sourced pulp fibre in 2013.
This announcement comes just over a year after APP launched its
Conservation Policy (FCP), which saw an immediate and permanent
cessation of natural forest clearance across its supply chain. Since
then, the company has been working closely with stakeholders to
implement the policy, with support from The Forest Trust. The company
has also been carrying out consultation on how it should prioritise
restoration of important areas, following the wide ranging biodiversity
assessments in its concessions.
Aida Greenbury, APP’s managing director of sustainability, said: “After
over a year of implementing our FCP, it has become clear that the key to
success of any efforts to halt deforestation in Indonesia is a landscape
level approach to forest restoration and conservation.
“Land cannot be conserved or restored in isolation, the sustainability
of the entire landscape must be taken into account and many stakeholders
must be involved. We hope that by working with Indonesian and
international stakeholders, as well as organisations such as WWF, The
Forest Trust and Ekologika, our efforts will be much more effective.
“We believe that by assessing entire landscapes and creating clear
tailor made objectives and strategies, the maximum possible level of
conservation will be achieved, not just for natural forest in our
concessions, but for areas around them as well.”
As a first step, APP will work with an NGO coalition to preserve the
natural forest in the 30 Hills landscape (Bukit Tigapuluh) in Jambi,
Sumatra – a vital habitat for tiger and elephant
populations. This will include increased protection of the corridor road
from illegal activities, work on protecting the threatened elephant herd
in the Tebo Multi Agro concession, and asessment of the viability of
creating an animal corridor in the WKS concession which would connect
important forest habitat blocks.
APP is currently in consultation with WWF and other stakeholders, to
develop plans for identified priority landscapes in which APP and its
suppliers have commercial forestry-based operations, which will then be
implemented by the company in close collaboration with other relevant
players in the landscape, while observing the principles of Free, Prior
and Informed Consent (FPIC).
The focus for each landscape is:
Bukit Tigapuluh, Jambi – provide wildlife corridors and
additional buffer areas and restrict access to enhance the function of
Bukit Tigapuluh National Park, while involving the local community.
Senepis, Riau – support conservation of the Sumatran
tiger and peat swamp forest.
Giam Siak Kecil, Riau – secure, protect and restore the core
natural forest within the Giam Siak Kecil Biosphere Reserve to provide
habitat for many endangered species including Sumatran tiger and
Sumatran elephants. Also, ensure sustainable conservation of peat
swamp forest, while supporting the livelihood of the local communities.
Kampar Peninsula, Riau – support large landscape protection of
peat swamp forest using a multi-stakeholder approach that involves
other concession holders.
Kerumutan, Riau – support expansion and connectivity of
protected forest areas.
Muba Berbak Sembilang, Jambi and South Sumatra – protect the
existing natural forest and assess the possibility of expanding the
current protected forest, i.e. by restoring key areas to natural
ecosystems and focussing on the protection of Sumatran Tiger and other
key species. Additional support will be provided to the national parks.
OKI, South Sumatra – create a wildlife corridor to expand the
habitat of Sumatran elephants.
Kubu Raya, West Kalimantan – maintain the integrity of
orang-utan habitat and also assess the possibility of expanding the
existing mangrove forest to support the conservation of swamp
Kutai, East Kalimantan – support the existing national park,
providing buffer and corridor for orang-utan
Over the coming months, this commitment will be developed into a more
detail time-bound plan that will form part of the company’s Integrated
Sustainable Forest Management Plans (ISFMPs), which are currently being
developed by APP, High Conservation Value (HCV), High Carbon Stock (HCS)
and social experts as well as a peatland management team.
APP will also develop with other stakeholders, an independently
administered trust fund to manage and finance these conservation
measures in order to ensure their sustainability and viability into the
future. The trust fund will receive start up funding from APP.
Additional funding will be raised on an ongoing basis to successfully
manage these conservation landscapes.
In order to manage this new conservation strategy, APP will be creating
a multi-stakeholder platform, to be unveiled in due course, that will
include a wide range of national and international NGOs and other
institutions to guide the implementation of these conservation and
Pulp & Paper Group (APP) is a trade name for a group of pulp and
paper manufacturing companies in Indonesia and China. The APP Group of
companies is one of the world’s largest vertically integrated pulp and
paper companies, with an annual combined pulp, paper, and converting
products capacity of over 18 million tons. APP-Indonesia and APP-China
currently market their products in more than 120 countries across six
continents. The majority of APP’s production facilities are
Chain-of-Custody certified by SVLK, LEI and PEFC.
APP launched its Sustainability
Roadmap Vision 2020 in June 2012 and its Forest
Conservation Policy in February 2013, to further improve its
environmental performance, biodiversity conservation, and protection of
community rights. More information can be found at www.asiapulppaper.com
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