Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper (RAPP) said it has agreed to provide equipment and training in support of the Riau Province Disaster Mitigation Agency.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by Riau Deputy Governor, Arsyad Juliandi Rachman, Director of the Disaster Mitigation Agency and head of the Regency Chiefs Communication Forum (Forkada).
“This signing demonstrates the company’s intent in collaborating on efforts to prevent and mitigate forest fires that pose health and environmental risks,” said RAPP Director Mulia Nauli. “We consider it necessary to work together with the government and we are committed in deploying our resources.”
APRIL, through its Kerinci, Indonesia-based RAPP unit, manages plantations in Riau Province that provide wood for its pulp and paper mill. To prevent the loss of mill wood, the company aggressively combats fires and prohibits burning on its land.
RAPP said its commitment to provincial firefighting efforts will include the use of a company helicopter and water pumps; firefighter training; and development and equipping Fire Alert Communities (Masyarakat Peduli Api) in 30 Riau villages.
The Riau Province Disaster Mitigation Agency said it will conduct joint patrols with RAPP to prevent forest fires.
Riau Deputy Governor Arsyad Juliandi Rachman said RAPP is the only company in Riau province that signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Riau Province Disaster Mitigation Agency on fire and haze prevention.
“The private sector plays an important role in preventing and mitigating forest fire,” Rachman told the press after the signing ceremony on Wednesday, adding that companies are to protect their concession areas from fire.