In November, the European Environmental Paper Network hosted three Indonesian delegates on a tour of nine European cities, explaining what is happening on the ground, particularly in Sumatra, as a result of pulp and paper industry activity. They educated a wide range of paper buyers, bankers and other investors, p0liticians, journalists and environmental activists about the forest destruction and social conflict that is being suffered. Their visit has made a big impact already and we look forward to a better-informed and more responsible approach to European trade in Indonesian paper in future.
A huge thanks to Aidil Fitri, Muslim and Hariansyah Usman for their energy and commitment in making this tour and to all our member organisations who helped to organise meetings, helped with logistics and offered hospitality to the visitors.
A report of their visit is now available here: Indonesians Tour report