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Greenpeace ends co-operation with paper firm Sinarmas

Company 'was cutting down tropical forests' during supposed conservation alliance, campaign says

GREENPEACE ended its five-year truce with pulp and paper giant Sinarmas yesterday, accusing the company of cutting down tropical forests in Indonesia while they were co-operating on conservation.

Its dramatic announcement ended a 2013 agreement in which the conservation organisation suspended a global campaign against Sinarmas in exchange for commitments to end deforestation, land grabs and conflicts with local communities.

The campaign had linked the company’s destruction of forests in Indonesia to boxes used to package Barbie dolls, causing Sinarmas to haemorrhage important customers.

Greenpeace said investigations revealed that two companies linked to Sinarmas had cleared almost 19,770 acres of forest and peatland on Borneo during the five years it was advising the conglomerate on forest conservation.

The evidence shows that Sinarmas is “not genuinely serious” about stopping deforestation in Indonesia, said Kiki Taufik, who heads Greenpeace’s Indonesia forests campaign.

“The group must immediately come clean. Stop the bulldozers and restore what was destroyed,” he said.

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