Asian company suspends natural forest logging

Last Updated: Tue, 15 May 2012 22:24:00 +1000

Logging company Asia Pulp and Paper says it will suspend logging in all natural forest areas in Indonesia under its control, until their conservation values are assessed.

Its Australian subsidiary Solaris Paper has welcomed the move to protect Indonesia's rainforest.

In the past, Greenpeace has accused Sydney-based Solaris Paper, which is supplied by APP, of contributing to the destruction of endangered animals' habitats.

APP says it will suspend logging in all natural forest areas under its control, until their conservation values are assessed.

Solaris CEO Steve Nicholson has told Asia Pacific any high conservation forests will then be protected.

"This is a fantastic announcement on behalf of our affiliate APP who we depend on in our supply chain," he said.

"This is a very significant step toward safeguarding aspects of Indonesia's rainforests."

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