Asia Pacific Resources International halts Indonesia paper unit ops as forestry permit revoked

By Fergus Jensen
October 20, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

JAKARTA – Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) has suspended forestry operations at its Indonesian pulp and paper subsidiary after the government cancelled a long-term work plan citing environmental non-compliance. PT Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper’s (RAPP) work plan was cancelled on Oct. 17 because it did not comply with a regulation on peatland forests, according to a company statement sent to stakeholders dated Oct. 18 and reviewed by Reuters on Friday. … The cancellation has “put tens of thousands of jobs at risk,” the statement said. Criticism of palm oil plantation owners and companies like APRIL, Asia’s second-largest pulp and paper firm, intensified after catastrophic 2015 forest fires blanketed the region in choking smog.

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