Posts By Lafcadio Cortesi

Lafcadio Cortesi - who has written 14 posts on Rainforest Action Network Blog.

Currently the Asia Director at RAN, Lafcadio has more than 20 years of experience working in a variety of roles and institutions in North America and the Asia-Pacific region on market-based conservation approaches and private sector sustainability, policy analysis, institutional development, community-based natural resource management and conservation economies, and biodiversity conservation.

Watch And Share: Years of Living Dangerously

By Lafcadio Cortesi, April 7 2014

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Watch And Share: Years of Living Dangerously

Have you seen the press around Years of Living Dangerously yet? We’re amazed by what’s happening over at Showtime right now and we think you will be too. Not since Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth has this much time, talent and money been put into bringing the dramatic reality of climate change into the mainstream. [...]

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Revelations on illegal Indonesian logging sends clear message to governments and buyers

By Lafcadio Cortesi, March 22 2014

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Revelations on illegal Indonesian logging sends clear message to governments and buyers

Last week the former governor of Riau province in Sumatra, the epicenter of deforestation in Indonesia, was sentenced to 14 years in prison by Indonesia’s anti corruption court for taking bribes for illegally issuing logging permits to nine suppliers of APRIL’s Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper and APP’s Indah Kiat mills. This conviction follows similar convictions [...]

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STAPLES: Don’t Jump the Gun with APP

By Lafcadio Cortesi, February 26 2014

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STAPLES: Don’t Jump the Gun with APP

Activists with Rainforest Action Network staged a direct communication today at office-supply giant Staples. Displaying a banner that read, “Staples: It’s Too Soon to Buy from APP,” a group of activists voiced their opposition to the company’s recent decision to resume purchasing paper from Asia Pulp and Paper (APP). One of Indonesia’s most notorious deforesters, [...]

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Progress Report: Asia Pulp & Paper, One Year Later

By Lafcadio Cortesi, February 5 2014

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Progress Report: Asia Pulp & Paper, One Year Later

Today marks the 1st year anniversary of the latest published “forest conservation policy” (FCP) of the Sinar Mas Group’s Asia Pulp & Paper (APP). Rainforest Action Network has evaluated the progress APP and its suppliers have made towards implementing key elements of its policy as well as toward meeting the APP Performance Targets and Milestones [...]

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Asia Pulp and Paper Caught Clearing Rainforest: Credibility of APP Deforestation Moratorium in Doubt

By Lafcadio Cortesi, June 10 2013

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Asia Pulp and Paper Caught Clearing Rainforest: Credibility of APP Deforestation Moratorium in Doubt

Indonesian paper giant APP says it wants to change, but, given its track record, the company must prove itself before it can be trusted as a supplier of pulp and paper products. Unfortunately, APP’s four-month-old commitment to stop destroying Indonesia’s rainforests has already been called into question. WWF Indonesia recently published an open letter to APP’s [...]

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An Open Letter From RAN: What Do APP’s New Commitments on Forests, Peatlands and Community Rights Mean for Buyers and Investors?

By Lafcadio Cortesi, February 14 2013

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An Open Letter From RAN: What Do APP’s New Commitments on Forests, Peatlands and Community Rights Mean for Buyers and Investors?

RAN has been campaigning since 2009 to persuade Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) to reform its destructive business practices. To that end, we have worked with dozens of major companies to develop policies that eliminate paper associated with rainforest destruction from their supply chains, including, most recently, Disney and HarperCollins. With APP’s newly announced Forest [...]

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BREAKING: Paper Giant APP Moves to Stop Pulping Forests; Now It’s APRIL’s Turn

By Lafcadio Cortesi, February 5 2013

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BREAKING: Paper Giant APP Moves to Stop Pulping Forests; Now It’s APRIL’s Turn

Today is a day many of us only dreamed would come. Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), the controversial paper giant once referred to by the UK Guardian as “one of the most destructive companies on the planet,” claims it has silenced its bulldozers and pulled them from the most endangered rainforests of Indonesia. After years [...]

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RAN and Allies Call on APP to Respect Human Rights

By Lafcadio Cortesi, January 15 2013

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RAN and Allies Call on APP to Respect Human Rights

While Asia Pulp and Paper’s (APP) questionable financial dealings and destructive impact on rainforests and the climate have been widely reported, the human rights violations and social conflict associated with the company’s expropriation of community lands are less well known. Last week, RAN proudly joined with several Indonesian and international human rights and environmental organizations [...]

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APP’s Deforestation Commitments: Hollow Promises from an Untrustworthy Company

By Lafcadio Cortesi, May 24 2012

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APP’s Deforestation Commitments: Hollow Promises from an Untrustworthy Company

On May 15th, Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) announced several “new” commitments that appear to have the potential, if implemented, to address some of the numerous controversies surrounding the company’s notoriously destructive operations. It is encouraging to see APP acknowledging many of the negative impacts associated with its business model that the company has, at [...]

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Gibson Guitars Is Playing Politics To The Detriment Of Jobs And Forests

By Lafcadio Cortesi, September 8 2011

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Gibson Guitars Is Playing Politics To The Detriment Of Jobs And Forests

Today’s announcement that John Boehner will host Gibson Guitars CEO Henry Juskiewicz in the speaker’s box during President Obama’s jobs speech as a victim of over-regulation run amok is an example of cynical fact-twisting at its worst. Gibson Guitars, maker of the iconic Les Paul electric guitar, is under investigation for violating a law that [...]

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