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For many of us, fighting fires for a living would be exciting enough. But when Boy Sastra first saw RAPP’s fleet of airboats, he knew he needed more.

"The first time I saw the airboat, I knew that was what I wanted to do," said the 27-year-old, who has been employed as a firefighter for the APRIL subsidiary in Pangkalan Kerinci, Riau, since 2010.

Together with seven team members, Boy operates the three airboats which are ideally suited to traversing the swamp-like waters averaging just 30cm in depth, too shallow for a propeller-driven boat. RAPP’s firefighters also use cars, trucks and helicopters to reach fires wherever they occur.

Water is essential for both life and industry. But these two demands don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

To sustain its operations while minimizing its environmental impact, APRIL Group has invested in state-of-the-art water recycling and processing facilities.

Water is used in every part of the pulp and paper making process. Water taken from the Kampar River is purified before use in the mill, and equates to just 1.89% of the river’s mean river flow, well below government guidelines.

Through collection and treatment, APRIL recycles 90% of its general water usage, and 78% is returned to the river after being treated.

 

 

The acacia tree is a common sight in Indonesia, where it is widely used by the pulp and paper industry.

APRIL uses two kinds of acacias, Acacia Mangium and Acacia Crassicarpa, which are adapted for different kinds of soil.

So why is the acacia tree so popular? First, its fibers are particularly well suited to making paper, and are widely used to manufacture writing paper, packaging, cardboard and other uses.

 

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.

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