UNEP World Environment Day 2013

What’s the best way to observe World Environment Day? How about with an inspiring story of success?

AKO project children

NPR reports that Asia Pulp and Paper, the largest paper producer in Indonesia, has changed it’s policy on timber harvesting and replanting deforested areas thanks to intervention by several organizations:

‘On the Indonesian island of Sumatra, a backhoe stacks freshly cut trees to be made into pulp and paper. , or APP, is Indonesia’s largest papermaker, and the company and its suppliers operate vast plantations of acacia trees here that have transformed the local landscape.

APP has sold billions of dollars’ worth of paper products to Staples, Disney and other big U.S. corporations. But environmental groups have accused APP of causing deforestation, destroying the habitat of Sumatran tigers and orangutans, and trampling on the rights of forest dwellers.

Asril Amran is the head of a nearby village. He says that the plantations have ruined the local environment….”Our target is zero deforestation in Indonesia by 2015,” Indradi says. “Yes, I think it’s quite ambitious. But APP’s pledge helps to lighten our burden in reaching that goal.”   HERE IS THE NPR STORY

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