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Tropical forest in the buffer-zone of Kerinci Seblat National Park, Indonesia – FFI is working with local stakeholders to protect this critical Sumatran tiger habitat. Credit: FFI

Important news for threatened forests – Disney launches global paper policy

Posted on: 17.10.12 (Last edited) 17 October 2012

Fauna & Flora International commends Disney on the launch of its comprehensive new Paper Sourcing and Use Policy.

Implementation of the new policy will ensure that paper used throughout the Company’s supply chain does not come from ‘unwanted sources’ such as High Conservation Value Areas, It will minimise overall paper-use and will increase recovery of used paper for recycling.

The policy will extend to thousands of Disney’s products and suppliers globally. Its launch follows an intensive period of both internal and external consultation, including collaboration with the Rainforest Action Network (RAN).

Rebecca Tarbottom, Executive Director of the Rainforest Action Network stated, “We commend Disney for adding its significant voice to the growing chorus of companies demonstrating that there’s no need to sacrifice endangered forests or animals for the paper we use every day. This policy will have a particularly important impact in Indonesia, the primary place where rainforests are still being cut down for pulp and paper.”

Sumatran tiger. Credit: Evan Bowen-Jones/FFI

The Sumatran tiger – survival of this critically endangered species depends on conservation of its forest habitat. Credit: Evan Bowen-Jones/FFI

The launch of this policy is an important step towards sustainability in global paper supply chains – one which we hope will raise the bar and stimulate further companies to take such positive action. It is the latest example of Disney’s long-standing commitment to wildlife conservation. The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund has been supporting grassroots conservation projects globally for the last twenty years, and has been collaborating with Fauna & Flora International (FFI) for the majority of this period. In Indonesia, the Fund is supporting FFI and partners to work with local communities to protect vital forest habitat of the Sumatran tiger, and to support community livelihoods.

“This exciting paper policy further exemplifies Disney’s commitment to biodiversity conservation,” remarks Katie Frohardt, Executive Director of FFI in the United States, “and we applaud them for their commitment and leadership.”

Written by
Zoë Cullen

Zoë joined Fauna & FIora International (FFI) in 2006. She has been engaged in various roles within the organisation, focussing on issues such as private sector impacts and dependence on biodiversity and ecosystem services, tropical forest governance and, most recently, sustainable financing strategies for community-based approaches to conservation, particularly REDD+. She is passionate about conservation strategies that seek and strengthen synergies between biodiversity and ecosystem service protection and rural economic development. Zoë is now based in FFI’s London office, following a two-year secondment in Indonesia, where she worked with the FFI Indonesia Programme and local NGO partners to develop a community-based forest management program in the buffer-zone of Kerinci Seblat National Park, Sumatra. She has a BSc in Zoology from Bristol University and an MSc in Environmental Policy, Planning and Regulation from the London School of Economics. She is a member of the Plan Vivo Technical Advisory Group and a 2013 Kinship Conservation Fellow.

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