Does the paper industry have a negative impact on local communities?

Answered by: 13/05/2009

Question

Does the industry have a negative impact on local communities and what is the paper industry doing to combat its negative impact on the health, well being and stability of local communities?

Answer

Far from having a negative impact, the pulp and paper industry positively contributes to increased wealth and well being in rural areas, both by contributing to forest management and via its presence in the countryside. It directly supports vital employment in rural areas (63% of industry employment is in rural areas). Indirectly, this leads to the establishment of infrastructures and services in those regions. With respect to the impact on health, there is no documented evidence of any such impact.

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