PAPER COMPANY'S PLEDGE MAY SIGNAL CHANGING CLIMATE ON DEFORESTATION
A pledge by one of the world's largest paper companies to cease cutting down natural forests in Indonesia may be a sign of industry change, according to commentary from the World Resources Institute. Asia Pulp & Paper agreed earlier this month to change its practices and demand the same from its suppliers, a plan lauded by environmental NGOs. The company's new policy includes sourcing material from plantation grown trees, ceasing clearing of peatland, and engaging with local communities, and will affect the more than 2.5 million hectares managed by APP and its suppliers. According to commenters at the World Resources Institute, the current climate makes APP more likely to follow through with its pledge than in the past. Factors include increased scrutiny of supply chain management, new methods of satellite surveillance of forests, and the ability to perform analysis of paper fiber to determine its origin. For the full story, see http://insights.wri.org/news/2013/02/asia-pulp-papers-anti-deforestation-pledge-sign-changing-industry.