Amid questions about Indonesia's protected forests, partial green certification for Asian papermaker suspended

(Reuters) - Partial green certification for one of Asia's biggest paper producers has been suspended over concerns for high conservation value forests in Indonesia, the company and an independent auditor said on Thursday.

Full certification -- proof that companies have not used wood sourced illegally or from high value forests -- gives firms access to lucrative public procurement markets in Europe, where many governments have sworn off non-certified products.

Until a recent audit, privately owned Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Limited (APRIL), which operates one of the world's largest pulp mills, had Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Controlled Wood certification for its operations in Indonesia.

However Rainforest Alliance, the independent auditor charged with making sure APRIL met FSC standards, found "environmental and social issues that APRIL must resolve," both parties said in a joint statement.

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