Today Indonesia’s second largest pulp and paper producer agreed to turn off the bulldozers and protect the forest and high carbon peatlands and begin respecting the rights of local communities. This is a major breakthrough and we commend APRIL and parent company the Royal Golden Eagle Group for taking this step.
As recently as 4 months ago, Greenpeace released new images and video exposing the dramatic destruction of natural rainforests happening at the hands of APRIL and the Royal Golden Eagle Group. This heartbreaking lose of forests was paired with the draining of high carbon peatlands which causes significant greenhouse gas emissions and an increased risk for forest fires. APRIL also has a history of significant conflict with local communities in a number of its concessions.
Of course the story does not end with today’s announcement. APRIL has made and broken promises like this before, so Greenpeace will be watching very closely.
Please watch video at bottom of post.