Greenpeace raises deforestation alarm
Greenpeace has accused one of the world’s largest pulp and paper companies of aggressively clearing Indonesian rain forests, throwing into doubt a landmark deal that aims to fight climate change by curbing deforestation.
In a report released Monday, Green- peace said a subsidiary of the Indonesian family conglomerate Sinar Mas secretly planned a massive expansion of pulp mills and cut down essential forests, including habitats for endangered tigers. The report said an internal 2007 document shows that Asia Pulp and Paper sought to increase its mill capacity to 17.5 million tons a year from 2.6 million tons.
An executive with Asia Pulp denied the charges.
Large-scale deforestation has made the country the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, behind China and the U.S., according to some estimates. The country signed a $1 billion deal with Norway in May that imposes a two-year moratorium on new permits to clear virgin forest and peatland.