27 Mar '15, 3am

APRIL violates sustainability policy by clearing peat forest after Jan cut-off

APRIL violates sustainability policy by clearing peat forest after Jan cut-off

An excavator piles natural forest logs at a log pond inside a PT. Riau Andalan Pulp & Paper (PT RAPP) pulpwood concession on Pulau Pedang, Bengkalis Regency, Riau Province located at 1°0'51"N 102°19'50"E. © Ulet Ifansasti / Greenpeace. New data shows Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Limited (APRIL) is continuing to destroy rainforests on deep peat despite a high profile pledge to clean up its operations. Today Greenomics-Indonesia released an analysis of two NASA Landsat images confirming that APRIL's subsidiary PT Riau Andalan Pulp Paper (RAPP) has cleared significant tracts of peat forest on Pulau Pedang island off Sumatra's coast since January 2015. The activity suggests that APRIL is directly violating its January 2014 promise to end new plantation development by the end of 2014, says Greenomics. "Based on the terms of APRIL's Sustainable Forest Management...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0326-april-clears-forest-af...

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