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APRIL released an Action Plan for sustainable forest management March 2015.
The Action Plan was developed following the Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) December 2014 meeting and based on their recommendations relating to the KPMG Performance Registrar Inc. (KPMG) specified auditing procedures on APRIL’s Sustainable Forest Management Policy (SFMP).
In January 2014, APRIL announced their Sustainable Forest Management Policy (SFMP) which pledges to commit to conservation, restoration and protection of forests considered to have High Conservation Value (HCV).
A Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) was also set up to monitor the implementation of APRIL’s policy and provide recommendations on improvements. The SAC has appointed KPMG Performance Registrar Inc. (KPMG PRI) to audit the implementation of APRIL’s SFMP.
The SAC comprises five forest and social experts led by Joseph Lawson, a who has 34 years of experience in the forestry industry. The Committee also includes Al Azhar, a community leader in Riau and chief executive of the Malay Custom Institution of Riau; James Griffiths of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD); Jeff Sayer, development practice professor at Australia’s James Cook University; and Budi Wardhana, World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) policy, sustainability and transformation director.
APRIL has spent considerable time to ensure activities outlined in the Action Plan align with the SAC’s recommendations.
KPMG will conduct a follow-up assessment of the Action Plan’s implementation in May 2015 at the next SAC meeting.
- Action Plan 2015
- APRIL’s Sustainable Forest Management Policy (SFMP)
- Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC)