Indonesia Suspends Controversial Paper Company's License to Review Environmental Record

kampar peninsula photo

The Kampar Peninsula is the last large intact area of pear swamp forest in Riau, Indonesia with some of the deepest peat (read: most stored carbon). Photo: Greenpeace.

Indonesia may have deported a total of thirteen activists and two journalists over deforestation in the past week (boo!) but it also just suspended the license of Asia Pacific Resources International Limited to review the company's permits (yay!). APRIL has been targeted by Greenpeace over conversion of rainforest to plantations:APRIL had been planning to convert rainforest in the Kampar Peninsula of Sumatra, storing an estimated 2 billion tons of carbon in the vegetation and peat soils, into acacia plantations for use in paper production.

Greenpeace was obviously pleased by the announcement, saying in a press statement:

By suspending this company's license to destroy to the forest, the Indonesian authorities are giving the climate some breathing space. Deforestation is one of the roots of the climate crisis. We will only avert this crisis if President Yuhoyono and other world leaders permanently stop all companies like APRIL and APP [Asia Pulp & Paper] from destroying the planet's forests.

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