A group of NGOs sent a letter to Asia Pulp and Paper Director, Linda Wijaya, after a stakeholder engagement forum in Jakarta on October 5th. At the forum, APP presented information on how it is attempting to implement its Forest Conservation Policy and associated plans. NGO’s raised the issues contained in this letter and sought assurances from APP that it will increase its efforts to quickly reform its structures and practices. The signatories to the letter make clear to APP that their re-engagement, which follows a withdrawal earlier this year after the murder of farmer Indra Pelani by security guards in an APP concession in the province of Jambi, is not an endorsement of the company’s policies and practices and should not be used by the company to promote its products in the market place or seek additional finance.
The organisations sending the letter include: Wahana Bumi Hijau, Link-AR Borneo, KKI WARSI, Scale Up, Hutan Kita Institute, Jikalahari, Jaringan Masyarakat Gambut Jambi, Jaringan Masyarakat Gambut Riau, Environmental Paper Network, WWF, Rainforest Action Network, and Forest People Programme