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Paper Tiger
101 East examines the impact of the world's largest paper plant on Indonesia's delicate ecosystems.
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2011 12:23

Riau province in Sumatra, Indonesia, is home to the world's biggest paper plant.

Owned and run by Asia Pacific Resources International Ltd (APRIL), the company has embarked on a massive land clearing project. It is removing natural stands of timber and replanting fast-growing acacia trees - which it says will feed the plant. APRIL describes the programme as sustainable and preferable to the ad hoc land clearing and burning which blights much of Indonesia's archipelago.


But the project faces claims of corruption while the rapidly diminishing Sumatran jungle is adding dramatically to Indonesia's greenhouse gas outputs and threatening biodiversity.

 
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