Debating deforestation in Indonesia and APP's forest conservation policy

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For the past decade and a half, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) has been one of the most controversial paper producers on the planet. Environmentalists, human rights groups, and conservation scientists have blasted the Indonesian forestry giant for a long list of transgressions, ranging from illegal logging to destruction of tiger habitat to exacerbating conflict with forest-dependent people in the forests of Sumatra. Greenpeace, the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), WWF, the Rainforest Alliance, Friends of the Earth, and numerous local NGO's have been among the many critics of APP. Their complaints have spurred dozens of major companies to drop APP directly or establish policies that exclude APP as a supplier. Via mongabay, I have reported extensively on these issues over the past several years.
Rhett A. Butler
Friday, January 24, 2014

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