The total area of APRIL Group’s forest plantations in Indonesia accounts for less than one percent of the country’s total forest areas. APRIL Group manages its concessions with a rigorous approach to sustainable forest management as embodied in its SFMP.
According to Indonesian government data, the country has a total of 131 million hectares of forest area, with 70 million hectares of degraded forest designated by the government for production forest. Of this 70 million hectares of production forest, the government allocated 10 million hectares to Industrial Forest Plantation (HTI). The objective of production forest area management is to have competent entities manage and increase the productivity of this land.
All APRIL Group’s forest plantation areas have undergone Environmental Impact Assessments and we mange the areas according to the Environmental Management and Monitoring Plans as well as all applicable laws and regulations in Indonesia. Fiber that is processed in our mill comes from legally harvested sources as confirmed by our national and international certifications.
Since 2005, APRIL Group has conducted High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments based on the Indonesian HCV Toolkit prior to plantation establishment. Independent thirdparty assessors carry out these assessments and the results are peer-reviewed.
To date, more than 250,000 hectares have been set aside for conservation as part of the High Conservation Value Forest area.
Indonesia’s tropical climate makes it possible for fiber to have a 4-5 years rotation length from planting to harvesting, and all harvested areas are reforested within less than three months from harvesting time.
The company’s chain-of-custody process eliminates the possibility of illegally logged wood entering APRIL Group’s pulp and paper mills. The chain-of-custody process is verified and certified by national and international certification systems to ensure that fiber processed in our mill is from non controversial sources. National certifications include SVLK and LEI. International certifications include OLB and PEFC CoC.
Overall, APRIL Group‘s fiber plantation covers approximately 50 percent of its total concession area while the remaining is set aside for conservation and community use.
COMMUNITY FOREST (HUTAN TANAMAN RAKYAT)
The purpose of Community Forest Schemes is to fostercollaboration with those near and around us, while assisting the local community to achieve economic betterment and to preserve traditional land ownership.
Since 1996, APRIL Group has fostered collaboration with local communities in developing community forest, known in Indonesia as Hutan Tanaman Rakyat (HTR).
In this scheme, APRIL Group provides Acacia seedlings for communities to plant on its land, which will then be harvested and purchased in its entirety by APRIL Group under the terms and agreement previously agreed with farmers.
To date, APRIL Group and communities have collaborated on more than 16,000 hectares of Community Forest in three regencies in Riau province: Kuantan Singingi, Siak and Pelalawan.
LIVELIHOOD PLANTATION (TANAMAN KEHIDUPAN)
In this form of cooperation between APRIL Group and local communities, farmers cultivate land inside APRIL Group’s concession area with types of vegetation specified according to Ministry of Forestry regulations.
Some farmers chose to plant Acacia trees that will then be sold on to APRIL Group, while others opt to plant rubber trees or sago to support their livelihood. As well as the land allocated for community’s livelihood plantation, APRIL Group also provides rubber seedling nurseries.