On February 5th 2013, APP announced a permanent end to natural forest clearance across its entire supply chain through the introduction of its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP). Covering over 2.6 million hectares of forest concessions, APP's FCP represented a breakthrough moment for the global protection of natural forest. The commitment is the largest and most ambitious plan for the implementation of landscape level High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) principles in the world.
Habitat for Humanity Indonesia has partnered with Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) to create Habitat's first eco-tourism village of more than 420 homes and guest accommodations near some of Indonesia's most picturesque ancient temples.
The development will take place in the village of Soran, located near the famous Prambanan Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built around 850 AD. The village is also located near Mount Merapi, the nation's most famous volcano, which erupted last year.
Soran has a long tradition of creating music and crafts, but 60 percent of families there live below the poverty line.
The project will improve housing for most villagers, while establishing a sustainable, eco-friendly hospitality business built on the community's historic cultural traditions. The development will share the area's natural and cultural treasures with the world by creating accommodations for tourists who wish to tour the sacred temples, visit nearby natural landmarks or enjoy the cultural performances.
In March 2011 Aspinall Foundation, a UK-based NGO that focuses on large mammal protection, published this rare footage of an adult and juvenile Javan Rhino. Aspinall's video captured the rhinos in two different locations within Ujung Kulon National Park, home to the last 50 Javan Rhinos on earth.