Jakarta, August 11, 2015 - Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) is to plant 10,000 seedlings of Meranti tree in degraded areas of the Giam Siak Kecil wildlife reserve, Riau, Sumatra.
A ceremony was held with members of the local community to mark the beginning of the project on 10 August, with guests taking part in planting the first trees.
The initiative follows APP’s commitment announced in April 2014 to support the protection and restoration one million hectares of forest in Indonesia across ten landscapes in Sumatra and Kalimantan.
As part of this programme, environmentalist, Professor Akira Miyawaki, recommended that indigenous species of Shorea sp. (dipterocarpaceae), better known as Meranti, be planted in 25 hectares of degraded forest to help restore the natural landscape.
The area will consist of 24 hectares within the core zone of Giam Siak Kecil in Humus District, Bengkalis, and one hectare in the conservation area of Rasau Kuning District, Siak.
The initial planting programme will last for one year, followed by two years of maintenance for the planted seedlings, and then an assessment to determine if further maintenance of the trees is required.
Part of a Sinar Mas Forestry (SMF) programme, the tree planting initiative is led by APP and is being coordinated alongside similar projects being delivered by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Forestry Research and Development Agency in Riau Kuok (Forda Kuok). The organizations will be exchanging information as well as conducting combined excursions into the field to source the appropriate native species of tree to be planted.
Suhendra Wiriadinata, Director of APP, said: "We are delighted to have the support of the ITTO and Forda Kuok in this program. This initiative is designed to encourage cross-sector partnerships and collaboration, from the sharing of information about government policies to the development of best practice conservation methods. It is hoped that this way of working can be a model for other industries to follow as they start similar initiatives to restore forests in Indonesia."
Dr. Hwa Ok Ma, ITTO Project Manager, added: "Planting native species in degraded areas is another step towards reducing carbon emissions. To bring greater scale to this work, we are supporting programs implemented by APP and the SMF, and are collaborating with Forda-Kuok to realise more sustainable management practices, ensuring the conservation of high-value native species in Sumatra.”
In February 2013, APP launched the Forest Conservation Policy (FCP) to protect all natural forests throughout the supply chain, ensuring no natural forest wood is converted into products sold to customers. APP is the only producer of pulp and paper that signed the New York Declaration on Forests at the UN Climate Summit in September 2014. The declaration contains a commitment to preserve forests and help tackle climate change.
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Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) is a trade name for a group of pulp and paper manufacturing companies in Indonesia and China. APP Group is a pulp and paper company vertically integrated in the world, with a total combined production capacity of pulp, paper, and the annual conversion products of more than 18 million tons. APP Indonesia and China APP currently markets its products to more than 120 countries on 6 continents. Most of APP's production facilities are certified Chain-of-Custody by SVLK, LEI and PEFC.
APP Sustainability Roadmap Vision 2020 launched in June 2012 and the Forest Conservation policy in February 2013, to further improve environmental performance, biodiversity conservation, and protection of community rights.
For more information about APP's Sustainability Roadmap Vision 2020 as well as forest conservation policy APP, please visit www.asiapulppaper.com.
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Yudha E Profitian, Asia Pulp & Paper
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