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Giant Paper Company Stops Indonesian Deforestation

6 February 2013

Asia Pulp & Paper Group, one of the world’s largest paper companies, has pledged to stop its suppliers from cutting down natural forests in Indonesia, a move it hopes will help preserve the threatened habitats of rare animals such as orangutans and Sumatran tigers while helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions released from carbon-rich peatland. The company worked with environmental groups Greenpeace and the Forest Trust to forge the plan that went into effect Feb. 1. It relies solely on farmed trees grown on plantations and also includes monitoring by outside groups to ensure transparency.—AP