Asia Pacific Resources can resume Indonesian forestry operations: environment ministry

By Bernadette Christina Munthe
October 24, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

JAKARTA – Asia Pacific Resources International Ltd (APRIL) can resume forestry operations at its Indonesian pulp and paper subsidiary, government officials said on Tuesday, amid a dispute over environmental rules. APRIL halted forestry operations at PT Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper (RAPP) and said thousands of jobs were at risk after the Indonesian environment ministry rejected its long-term work plan. …“(RAPP) was never forbidden from operating,” Environment and Forestry Ministry Secretary General Bambang Hendroyono told reporters, referring to discussions on the company’s work plans that had been under review since May. “That was just their interpretation.” Hendryono added that the company has until October 30 to resubmit its 10-year work plan, including plans for peatland areas.

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