International Paper Inaugurates Check Dam at Mamidilova, Vizag
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International Paper announced the inauguration of the check dam at Mamidilova, a village 35 kms away from Vizag. International Paper sponsored the development of the check dam as part of the company’s overarching sustainability efforts.

Online PR News – 18-August-2012 – Hyderabad, India - August 17, 2012 – International Paper Inaugurates Check Dam at Mamidilova, Vizag

International Paper announced the inauguration of the check dam at Mamidilova, a village 35 kms away from Vizag. International Paper sponsored the development of the check dam as part of the company’s overarching sustainability efforts.

Mr. Rampraveen Swaminathan, Managing Director and CEO, The Andhra Pradesh Paper Mills (an International Paper group company) inaugurated the check dam at Mamidilova village amidst a gathering of several officials, farmers and residents of the village.

Commenting on the initiative, Mr. Rampraveen Swaminthan said, “The check dam is a unique and simple solution to bring benefits to the farmer, the village, the environment and the company. We are continuously working toward finding innovative solutions to address sustainability; the Mamidilova check dam is one such initiative.”

With the integration of irrigation and employment of genetically superior planting material, the Casuarina wood productivity of the area is set to increase from the current 20,000 M.T. per annum of to 70,000 M.T. per annum. Around 4,800 acres of land in the area are expected to benefit from this initiative.

The Need for a Check Dam

Each year, the company provides more than double the seedlings that are required to generate the pulp for paper production. International Paper encourages farmers to plant these seedlings by providing them at minimal cost. The company also works closely with tree farmers through the harvest stage and later buys the pulpwood from them, which significantly contributes to their livelihood.

During a discussion with the Mamidilova village panchayat, International Paper identified problems of deterioration of the farm lands due to soil erosion and water-run off caused by lack of water catchment during monsoons. It was then decided that construction of a check dam will help arrest the problem and result in multiple benefits including enhanced productivity, soil and water conservation, carbon sink creation, environment amelioration and socio-economic upliftment of farmers.

International Paper in India has supported the farmers to develop farm forestry plantation of over 1.3 lakh hectare of marginal fallow, degraded land and wastelands in coastal Andhra Pradesh with nitrogen fixation tree species. Additionally, International Paper works closely with the farmers, residents of villages and administration to facilitate development of infrastructure, provide regular medical facilities to the remote villages, development of bus shelters and distribution of books and bags to school children.

About The Andhra Pradesh Paper Mills Limited

The Andhra Pradesh Paper Mills Limited (APPAPER), a company of International Paper in India, is a leading manufacturer of pulp and paper products and caters to both domestic and foreign markets. Andhra Paper produces writing and printing and copier papers at its two manufacturing units in Andhra Pradesh, which have a total paper production capacity of 250,000 metric tonnes per year. The company is becoming a driving force in sustainability in the paper manufacturing arena in the world economy with sales of approximately US$160 million, focused social and community programs including its own pioneering work in raw material generation through social farm forestry and a very strong strategic growth focus. International Paper owns a majority interest in Andhra Paper and the remaining shares are publicly traded on the Bombay and National Stock Exchanges in India. For more information on Andhra Pradesh Paper Mills, please visit

About International Paper

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a global paper and packaging company with manufacturing operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia and North Africa. Its businesses include uncoated papers and industrial and consumer packaging, complemented by xpedx, the company's North American distribution company. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., the company employs approximately 70,000 people and is strategically located in more than 24 countries serving customers worldwide. International Paper net sales for 2011 were $26 billion. Temple-Inland Inc., which was acquired in February 2012, had 2011 net sales of $4 billion. For more information about International Paper, its products and stewardship efforts, visit


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