APP and APRIL respond on EoF Investigative Report

EoF News / 06 February 2006

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APP and APRIL respond on Eyes on the Forest’s Investigative Report December 2005 edition.

Today Eyes on the Forest (EoF) released its report of December 2005 investigation . It confirmed that Asia Pulp and Paper’s (APP) partners logged in Giam Siak Kecil Forest Block; Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Ltd’s (APRIL) partner logged in Kerumutan Forest Block; and PT. Sumatera Timber Utama Damai’s partners logged in the buffer zone of Bukit Tigapuluh National Park. In response to the findings, APP and APRIL have sent their comments to EoF.

Answering EoF’s email sent on 27 January 2006 confirming the findings, Soebardjo of APP on email correspondent dated on February 1 st, 2006 said that its partner, PT. Balai Kayang Mandiri, in its operational hold a valid Annual Working Plan (RKT) for 2005, approved by Riau Forest Service. Soebardjo also said that truck no. BM 9679 LK was not listed on the entry/weighing gate on that date. However, he said will check once again on this truck. APP’s full statemement dated on 2 Feb 2006 regarding the EoF’s report can be found here .

Responding to EoF’s report, Eliezer P. Lorenzo of APRIL said on email correspondent dated on 1 February 2006 that its partner, PT Kembang Selaras, is operating under valid licenses. A copy of APRIL response can be found here . In addition, he confirmed that a Rapid HCVF assessment had been conducted and HCVs already identified/integrated in the operations plans. The HCVF assessment that was conducted follows the HCVF Indonesian Tool Kit and the assessment report is being finalized with technical inputs from ProForest. According to Lorenzo WWF will also contribute inputs to improve the HCVF assessment.  

In order to ensure that no illegal wood goes into APRIL’s supply chain, Lorenzo said Since October 2002, APRIL has implemented a wood tracking system, which periodically audited by SGS with WWF as observer.