Jakarta, Indonesia – September 7, 2018 - To mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Japan, Asia Pulp &Paper (APP), together with Japanese and Indonesian businesses, the International Tropical Timer Organization (ITTO) and the Government of Indonesia, took part in a tree-planting ceremony in Sumatraearlier today. Participants gathered in the Tapung district of Riau province to plant indigenous Red Balau trees across 20 hectares of degraded conservation land.
2018 also marks the fifth anniversary of APP’s commitment to support the protection and restoration of landscapes across Indonesia. APP’s annual tree planting initiative was the outcome of a suggestion by Professor Akira Miyawaki of the Yokohama National University in Japan. During a visit to an APP pulpwood supplier conservation area in Riau in 2014, he recommended planting indigenous species to accelerate the restoration of degraded forests. Since then, APP, working together with partners and stakeholders, has planted more than 32,000 trees across 67 ha of conservation land through annual tree planting events. In a nod to Professor Miyawaki, this year’s tree planting initiative is part of a series of official events commemorating Indonesian-Japanese relations.
“Since establishing our Forest Conservation Policy, APP has worked tirelessly to support the conservation and restoration of Indonesia’s valuable forest landscapes, through multi-stakeholder partnerships, like today’s tree planting activity, said Ms. ElimSritaba, Director for Sustainability & Stakeholder Engagement at APP.“Japanese businesses and experts have been firm and constant friends on APP’s sustainability journey, and it is only fitting that we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Indonesian-Japanese relations in this way.”
The Indonesian Embassy in Japan, the ITTO, Garuda Indonesia, Garuda Orient Holidays, Belantara Foundation and Sinar Mas Forestry were among the 64 participants at this year’s tree planting.
Dr. Riva Rovani, Forestry Attache from the Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo, said, “The Sustainable Development Goals by United Nations are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. Hence I am pleased to see this partnership addressing the common goal of conserving our planet’s vital natural resources in line with SDG 13 on Climate Action, and SDG 15 on Life on Land, which interconnect and leaves no one behind”.
Mitsunori Kamiya, Chairman of Japan Agency for Environmental Business said, “Indonesia and Japan share a special and long-standing relationship, and we are proud to be able to work side-by-side in our common goal of conserving our planet’s vital natural resources. Like the trees wehave planted here today, we hope that our two nations will continue to grow closer and stronger.”
For more information about APP’s forest conservation efforts, please visit www.fcpmonitoring.com.
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Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) is a trade name for a group of pulp and paper manufacturing companies in Indonesia and China. APP is responsible for delivering quality products to meet the growing global demand for tissue, packaging and paper, with an annual combined pulp, paper, packaging product and converting capacity of over 19 million tons per annum. On any given day, APP’s products find their way into the hands of consumers in various branded forms from all over the world.