Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) is fully committed to the protection of Bukit Tigapuluh National Park (BTNP) and to the responsible management of its surrounding areas.
As such, even though APP is not itself a logging or forestry company, it requires its pulpwood suppliers to comply with rigorous sustainability and conservation rules and policies, including all laws established by the government of Indonesia and beyond legal compliance.
These rules and policies include performing multiple, independent third party assessments of concession areas to ensure the protection of high conservation value areas.
To date, APP has not received any pulpwood from the Bukit Tigapuluh areas.
On June 17th 2009, the Directorate General of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation of the Ministry of Forestry the Republic of Indonesia conducted a multi-stakeholder meeting, in which APP participated, to discuss the matters related to BTNP surrounding areas and the relevant management required. During the meeting, the Director General of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation and the Director General of Forestry Production Development decided that a credible independent multi-stakeholder team will be set up to assess the ecological and social condition of the surrounding areas of BTNP.
In addition to the two Directorate Generals and Rimba Hutani Mas (one of APP’s pulpwood suppliers), the multi-stakeholder team will consist of a number of concerned
stakeholders who attended the meeting including WARSI, WWF and the Frankfurt Zoological Society.
APP fully supports the implementation of this assessment. APP will respect the findings of the independent, multi-stakeholder team and support the decision made by the Government.
APP will not accept any pulpwood from the area unless the multi-stakeholder assessment is completed and the sustainable development plan for the area is
officially approved by the Government of Indonesia.
In addition, we’d like to clarify that APP and its pulpwood supplier will do their utmost to support the following:
- The protection of Bukit Tigapuluh National Park, its buffer zones and the development of wildlife corridors.
- The protection of endangered species such as Sumatran elephant, Sumatran tiger, and introduced orangutan in the area.
- The protection of conservation areas against illegal encroachment and poaching, working together with the National Park’s authorities.
All the above initiatives will be implemented according to the Government of Indonesia’s law and regulations and in support of our nation’s efforts to alleviate poverty in line with the UN Millennium Development Goals.
APP seeks to produce paper in a sustainable and environmentally conscious manner.
With regards to forestry, APP’s goal is to work with its pulpwood suppliers on sustainable forest development to support sustainable economic development in order to ensure proper and effective conservation.
About APP Indonesia
Headquartered in Jakarta, APP Indonesia is one of Asia’s leading pulp and paper producers. With
current annual combined pulp, paper and packing grades capacity of over 7 million tons, the eight
independently owned pulp and paper facilities manufacture a wide range of tissue, towel, office,
and graphics paper products under the APP brand and a number of proprietary brands and
private labels. APP currently markets its products in more than 65 countries on six continents.
Four of APP’s major production facilities are certified under Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) schemes. APP’s chairman, Teguh Ganda Wijaya, was recently named the global pulp and paper industry’s most influential individual in RISI’s Top 50 Power List.
Aida Greenbury, Director Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement
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