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Uncertifiable - FSC Controlled Wood Certification Suspended for Asia Paper Resources International Ltd.

Smartwood -

By Gail Nickel-Kailing
Published: April 16, 2010

Smartwood - a Forest Stewardship Council certifier - has suspended its interim controlled wood certification of Asia Paper Resources International Limited (APRIL) pulp products. APRIL failed to meed FSC's minimum standard for "controlled wood" certification and was found to have violated the standards that forbid conversion of rainforests to create paper plantations, destruction of High Conservation Value Forests, including peatlands, and conflicts with communities. With APRIL’s loss of its certified status and the disassociation of FSC from Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) in 2007, the two leading paper and pulp companies in Indonesia (which account for more than 80% of Indonesia's production) have failed to  meet FSC’s lowest requirement for environmental and social risk. Read the rest of the article on Paper Planet. RELATED NOTE: If you have received links to a campaign called "Save Printer Jobs," it is a campaign by APP to fight US tariffs on coated paper from China and Indonesia. There is no interest in saving jobs, just selling paper! Here is the registration info showing that APP owns the domain name.



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