Target: Asia Pulp & Paper
Goal: Compel the paper company to close loopholes and save forests from further destruction
A loophole in a new deforestation policy has been discovered by the non-governmental organization, Eyes on the Forest. The policy was reported to contain an agreement that would protect forests against Asia Pulp & Paper lumber operations, but with further scrutiny, it now appears that the company has announced a halt to deforestation only after the clearing of forests is complete. Demand that the paper company, Asia Pulp & Paper, immediately close the loophole in the policy and make the commitment to restoration of forests.
In a recent moratorium announced, Asia Pulp & Paper was to adhere to the policy, ending the clearing of natural forests across all of the supply chains in Indonesia. After further analysis from Eyes on the Forest, it was discovered that the policy only protects 5,000 hectares of forest. This, compared to the destruction of more than 2 million hectares caused by timber operations over the past three decades, poses a major challenge for conservationists.
Pulp & Paper manager of World Wildlife Fund- Indonesia, Aditya Bayunanda, states that the destruction caused by the paper company is simply unacceptable. The country is left to deal with the residual effects, including greenhouse gas emissions, significantly endangered species, and annihilated ecosystems.
Also included in the report is the rate at which the company was continually logging at the beginning of 1995 and remained constant up to 2011. In 2012, logging rates decreased, due to the fact that there was little forest left to collect.
In order to rectify the situation, Indonesian organizations are urging Asia Pulp & Paper to alleviate the destruction of ecosystems in the wake of clearing forests for pulp and lumber. Insist that the paper conglomerate, Asia Pulp & Paper, adhere to the concessions of the policy and make the commitment to restore natural forests, destroyed in the wake of logging.
Dear Asia Pulp & Paper,
More than 680,000 hectares of natural forest were lost from the beginning of your company’s lumber and pulp operations in 1984. In the Riau Province alone, 83% of the trees were lost, compromising habitats and significantly endangering Sumatran elephants and tigers.
Because of the logging industry, devastation among forest ecosystems is inevitable, especially when gathering trees for lumber at unsustainable levels. Therefore, I implore you to agree to the terms of the policy, closing the loophole, and make the commitment to restore the forest and ecosystems inhabiting it.
[Your Name Here]
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