30 Jan '14, 1am

Rainforest Alliance to independently audit APP's zero deforestation commitment

Rainforest Alliance to independently audit APP's zero deforestation commitment

Rainforest Alliance has agreed to conduct an audit of Asia Pulp & Paper's progress in implementing the zero deforestation policy the forestry giant signed last year. The deal, announced Thursday in Jakarta, could help boost the credibility of APP's policy , which while heralded as a breakthrough by several environmental groups, is still viewed with skepticism by some prominent critics, who remember past broken commitments from the paper producer. Rainforest Alliance knows the controversy well: in 2007 it terminated its relationship with APP after the company failed to protect high conservation value forests in Sumatra. Unsurprisingly, the decision to re-engage with APP wasn't made lightly, according to Rainforest Alliance's Vice President of Forestry, Richard Donovan. "There were three factors that influenced our decision," Donovan told mongabay.com. "First, there is stron...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0130-rainforest-alliance-ap...

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