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Indonesia: Asia Pulp & Paper to stop cutting natural forest timber

Date: 5 Feb 2013

Photo of sawn timber in Ghana

Asia Pulp & Paper, one of the most controversial companies worldwide for its forestry practices, has said that it is to stop using timber from Indonesia's natural forests, instead using only trees from plantations.

The company has been a regular target for environmental groups' campaigning, and its refusal to change its practices had given it the status of a bete noire.

Environmental groups have given a cautious welcome to the announcement, pointing to what the Rainforest Action Network said was a "long history of broken promises".

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