Corporate “Villain” Vows to Stop Clear Cutting Trees

Corporate “Villain” Vows to Stop Clear Cutting Trees

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Forest stream deep green Tasmania  DSEWPaC-attributionFew companies have done as much damage to the world’s tropical forests as Asia Pulp & Paper. But under intense pressure from its customers and conservation groups, APP has embarked on a series of changes that could significantly reduce deforestation in Indonesia and serve as a model for forestry reform.

The company committed itself to a series of forestry reforms, including a pledge of zero deforestation in woodlands that sequester large amounts of carbon or have high conservation value, a commitment to strict monitoring of its forestry practices, a vow to acquire prior consent from communities for new tree plantation development, and an agreement to set up a disputes resolution process.

(READ the story in Yale’s 360 blog)