‘Forest promises pulped’: Greenpeace publishes critique of APP’s no-deforestation pledge, 10 years on

By Robin Hicks
October 25, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A decade after Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) made a landmark commitment to stop clearing natural forests, Greenpeace – the environmental campaign group that helped forge the Indonesian company’s historic pledge in 2013 – has released a damning report on APP’s track record at keeping its promises. Greenpeace’s Forest promises pulped report, published on Tuesday, said that despite some early progress made by the Sinar Mas-owned paper giant in implementing its forest conservation policy (FCP) policy, such as committing to conserve 500,000 hectares of forest and rehabilitate damaged peatlands, its commitment has “unravelled” since 2017. The non-profit’s report indicates that despite its commitment to stop deforestation in its concessions and among its suppliers, APP has been linked to 46,000 to 75,000 hectares of forest loss over the past 10 years. The report added that multiple breaches of the promises the company made in its FCP were found after investigations and analysis.

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