APRIL’s objective is to establish sustainable plantations that supply wood to its mill, provide employment opportunities and economic wellbeing for the community. APRIL and its suppliers will take a landscape approach to conservation of forest, peatland and other important environmental and social values.
Effective immediately, APRIL and its suppliers will only develop areas that are not forested, as identified through independent peer-reviewed High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments.
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High Conservation Values (HCVs) are biological, ecological, social or cultural values orattributes associated with natural or traditionally managed ecosystems, which areconsidered outstandingly significant or critically important at the national, regional orglobal level. HCV management areas are critical areas in a landscape that need to be managed appropriately in order to maintain or enhance one or more of its values. Areas that possess such attributes include:
A. HCV1: Areas containing globally, regionally or nationally significant concentrations of biodiversity values (e.g., endemism, endangered species, refugia).
B. HCV2: Globally, regionally or nationally significant landscapes where viable populations of most if not all naturally occurring species exist in natural patterns of distribution and abundance.
C. HCV3: Areas that are in or contain rare, threatened or endangered ecosystems.
D. HCV4: Areas that provide basic ecosystem services in critical situations (e.g. watershed protection, erosion control).
E. HCV5: Areas fundamental to meeting basic needs of local communities (e.g. subsistence, health).
F. HCV6: Areas critical to local communities’ traditional cultural identity (areas of cultural, ecological, economic or religious significance identified in cooperation with such local communities).
APRIL and its suppliers will actively protect HCV and HCS areas.
APRIL and its suppliers will follow the HCS Approach as prescribed by the HCS Approach Steering Group.
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HCS forest is forest that has been identified using the HCS toolkit approach. HCS forest is to be prioritised for protection.
APRIL and its suppliers will use HCV Resource Network (HCVRN) licensed assessors. if such assessors are unavailable, APRIL will refer to SAC for recommendations of HCV assessors.
To achieve the above, APRIL will seek partnership with relevant stakeholders (NGO, government, companies, local communities and conservation experts) in protecting and managing forests within the landscape where APRIL operates.
APRIL will practice integrated conservation and forest management which incorporates findings from HCV, HCS, social assessments, and on peatland areas, inputs from the Independent Peat Expert Working Group (IPEWG).
By 15 May 2015, APRIL and its suppliers halted all harvesting of mixed hardwoods Mixed hardwoods harvested before 15 May 2015 will be utilized by APRIL’s mill before end December 2015.
03 February 2016
From 3 June 2015, APRIL and its suppliers will only develop areas that are not forested, as dentified through independent peer reviewed High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments. Remaining mixed hardwoods harvested before 15 May 2015 can be utilized by APRIL’s mill before the end of December 2015.
Any residual fibre cleared from non-forested land, as defined by HCV and HCS as scrub land, will be utilized by APRIL’s mill.
APRIL will not establish a new pulp mill and/or a new pulp line until it achieves plantation fibre self-sufficiency.
APRIL will not acquire any new land, or forestry licenses; or receive wood from land licensed to third parties, where after 3 June 2015 the seller has knowingly cleared HCV or HCS forests or forested peatland. This shall not apply to acquisition of land or licences or the purposes of restoration or conservation activities under clause II.d of this Policy.