Giant rainforest buffer zone planned to protect Indonesian wildlife

Asian Pulp and Paper, one of the world’s biggest paper companies, is to support the conservation of 1m hectares of rainforest in Indonesia, as a way of reducing its impact on the habitats of endangered species such as orangutan, elephants and tigers.

However, green experts said the plans would be difficult to make work and would not solve the problem of loggers depleting the animals’ natural habitat.

APP’s project will involve creating and protecting “wildlife corridors” for species, allowing them to move between areas without having their habitats cut off by logging activities, and “buffer zones” so that habitats are less encroached on by loggers, in at least nine areas across Indonesia. The 1m hectare figure represents an area roughly equivalent to the area of land the company exploited for sourcing pulp last year alone.

Giant rainforest buffer zone planned to protect Indonesian wildlife | Environment | theguardian.com.

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