Those who are close to the heart of sustainable forestry know conservation is a multi-stakeholder effort. It is not only up to the government, private sector or public entities alone to protect our natural forests. It takes many groups, working together to ensure there are standards and systems to protect Indonesia’s high conservation value forests.
Two of the groups that drive the industry’s commitment to sustainable forest management in Indonesia are the Indonesian Pulp & Paper Association (APKI) and Association of Indonesian Forest Concessionaires (APHI) – each of which has unique roles in making sure Indonesia’s natural forests are protected.
Having the support of these industry organizations is critical to APP’s operations. Recently, APP announced an evolution in our sustainability strategy. Simply put, we want to protect high conservation value forest and are constantly looking for new ways to strengthen this commitment. One way we’ve chosen to do this is by going beyond the Indonesian production and environmental standards, known as The Timber Legality Assurance System (SVLK), and additionally adopting the internationally-recognized standards for High Conservation Value Forest (HCVF). This includes the immediate suspension of all natural forest clearance on APP-owned pulpwood plantations in Indonesia and at the same time requiring that all independent suppliers comply with our request for HCVF assessments by 31 December 2014.
I am pleased APKI and APHI have recognized this commitment and I’d like to share with you their remarks.
Excerpt from the APKI statement:
“APP has built on [its] obligation to SVLK with new policies on High Conservation Value Forest (HCVF) that will match or exceed the standards set by international stakeholders. These two developments show that Indonesia’s lawmakers and major industries are determined to protect our country’s precious natural resources and biodiversity, as well as meeting our international obligations to tackle climate change.
As a leading trade association in the forestry sector, APKI will do everything it can to support APP in its new commitments and encourage other leading companies to go down the same path. This is a new era of sustainability for Indonesia’s pulp and paper industry, where growth in exports will go hand in hand with ever-greater protection for the environment.”
Excerpt from the APHI statement:
“Beyond SVLK, we understand that customers in some parts of the world are asking for the introduction of the internationally-accepted definition of HCVF assessment.
Therefore, we support APP’s serious commitment to conduct HCVF assessments and implement a sustainable forest management systems based on HCVF principles. Inevitably there will be issues to manage, both for APP and the suppliers, as is the case whenever a new policy is introduced. What is important is for there to be an effective multi-stakeholder engagement process, as well as full support from all parties including government, associations, and NGOs to ensure a successful implementation.”
As one of the world’s largest pulp and paper companies, we acknowledge our responsibility to protect Indonesia’s high conservation value forest. We seek to encourage the broader adoption of Indonesia’s SVLK standards industry-wide and we are grateful for the confidence that the industry associations have placed in us to uphold these environmental and social standards of excellence.
I invite you to learn more about APP’s new High Conversation Value Forest Policy, ask us questions and follow our progress.