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Asia Pulp and Paper Halts Clearing in Indonesian Natural Forests

Asia Pulp & Paper Group said it halted all its suppliers from clearing natural forests as of February, accelerating its pledge to use only farmed trees by two years.

The Sinar Mas Group unit has suspended all forest clearing as of Feb. 1, while non-profit organizations including the Forest Trust identify areas that will no longer be harvested and others that can be developed into plantations, it said in a statement in Jakarta today.