In an online radio interview, Greenpeace said “APRIL is destroying hundreds of thousands of acres of natural rain forest including destroying an area with high conservation value inside that Kampar Peninsula.” This claim is irresponsible
Jikalahari says: The issuance of an eco-restoration license by the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry to a not forprofit restoration organization initiated and supported by APRIL “…is an indication that the mode of corporate crime in the forestry sector continues to this day in Pelalawan.”
APRIL should “change their unsustainable business model and stop draining peat soils and converting forests”.
APRIL: We fundamentally disagree with any claim that our business model is unsustainable. In fact, our key objective and one that we are diligently working towards, is to reach a point where all of our fibre comes from renewable and sustainable plantation sources. That is at the heart of our business model – making good commercial and environmental sense.
APRIL’s public commitments to sustainable and natural forest fibre free operations after 2009 has been greenwashing.
APRIL: Our commitment to sustainable and responsible forest management is real – demonstrated on-the-ground by more than 200,000 hectares of conservation forest that is set aside and protected as a result of our efforts, our support for significant eco-restoration programmes on the Kampar Peninsula – and in our commitment to establish plantations sufficient to meet all of our fibre needs in the future.