APP fails to win Greenpeace support for tiger relocation programme

The paper manufacturer is funding a project by the Sumatran Tiger Conservation Foundation to relocate six tigers. The tigers will be embedded with GPS chips and likely moved to the Giam Siak Kecil-Bukit Batu Biosphere Reserve in Riau province, which APP says spans some 178,000 hectares.

APP claimed the tigers were currently encroaching on villages and their new home was a "vast, protected area where they can flourish".

Greenpeace, a long-time campaigner for the endangered tiger species and long-time adversary of APP, said this initiative was not credible.

Forests campaigner Reece Turner said: "Sinar Mas' paper arm, Asia Pulp & Paper is trying to distract attention from its mass forest and peatland destruction by cooking up greenwashing deals like this.

"Greenpeace published a report last year showing how the last wild Sumatran tigers are threatened with extinction by the practices of APP.

"Greenpeace will continue to call on companies to drop their contracts with the Sinar Mas Group until it publicly announces and implements a policy to stop destroying rainforest and peatland in Indonesia, which threatens endangered species, destroys the home of indigenous peoples and causes significant greenhouse gas emissions."

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