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The Government of Indonesia has intensified efforts to protect the environment by preventing fires and strengthening the country’s fire-fighting response. Supporting the Government’s leadership on fire prevention is a voluntary multi-stakeholder group called Fire- Free Alliance (FFA).

More than 200 villages, covering at least 1.5 million hectares of land in various parts of Indonesia, are now participating in community-based fire prevention initiatives. This is the result of the first year of collaborative work of the FFA, which is made up of forestry and agriculture companies, NGOs, and other concerned partners committed to resolving Indonesia’s persistent fire and haze issues.

Established in February 2016, the FFA focuses on fire prevention through community engagement. Founding members include APRIL, Asian Agri, IDH, Musim Mas, PM.Haze and Wilmar. The Alliance also welcomed Sime Darby and IOI Group as new members, announced today on the sidelines of the Responsible Business Forum held in Jakarta.

 

Rice husks – the hard coverings of rice grains – are often thrown away. But where most people see waste, Pangkalan Kerinci-based entrepreneur Jufri saw opportunity. With help from APRIL subsidiary PT Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper (RAPP), he set up a business in 2000 which converts the husks into fertilizer for the agricultural industry.

Today he employs more than 80 people, providing jobs and opportunities to the local community.

Kristine Harpeni Sitompul is breaking new ground in more ways than one. Not only does she manage APRIL’s plant nursery, nurturing the saplings that will be used in our plantations, but she was the first women ever to join the company’s Assistant Trainee program.

 

Kompas.com has reported that APRIL Group makes a significant contribution to the economy locally, regionally and nationally. Since 1999, PT Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper (RAPP), operation of APRIL group, has contributed Rp 2.45 trillion (USD 183 million ) to the state.

That amount covers tax revenue of Rp 1.92 trillion (USD 143 million) and non-tax revenue of Rp 530 billion (USD 39 million)

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