Protecting essential forests

Clearcut of state-owned Finnish old growth forest.

 

Without healthy forests, Earth cannot sustain life. They absorb a massive amount of greenhouse gasses and are home to hundreds of millions of people and two-thirds of the known terrestrial species, including the largest share of threatened species.

However, 72 percent of Indonesia's forest landscapes and 15 percent of the Amazon’s have already been lost forever. Now the Congo’s forests face the same threat. While the causes vary from region to region, they all have one thing in common: human activity.

Agri-business is responsible for massive rainforest destruction as forests are burned to make way for cattle ranches, or cleared for palm oil or soya plantations. Agricultural products are used in Europe to make toothpaste, chocolate and animal feed.

Industrial logging for timber, pulp and paper is devastating much of the world's rainforests to make the disposable wood products we find in our European stores - paper for our glossy magazines, toilet paper and packaging.

The mass destruction of rainforests is responsible for up to a fifth of the world's greenhouse gas emissions - more than every plane, car, truck, ship and train on the planet combined.

With so many of the world's forests already destroyed, we urgently need to protect what is left. Greenpeace is campaigning for zero deforestation, globally, by 2020.

Greenpeace’s European unit campaigns for:

-    policies to eliminate Europe’s deforestation footprint
-    a moratorium on destructive activities in the last intact forest landscapes
-    a meaningful, international financial mechanism to reduce deforestation in developing countries

The latest updates

 

2030 renewables target key to unlocking European Energy [R]evolution

Press release | October 24, 2012 at 11:00

Brussels – Europe could enjoy the broad benefits of an energy system powered from renewable sources by 2050, but must set a firm 2030 renewable energy target to steer the transition, according to a new report published today.

Commission fails to shut the door on harmful biofuels

Press release | October 17, 2012 at 11:48

Brussels – The European Commission will today finally recognise the destructive side-effects of biofuels made from palm oil, rapeseed and soybeans and other food crops. But its long-awaited proposal to clean up Europe’s biofuels policy will do...

Green groups: no medals in sight for Barroso II

Press release | July 3, 2012 at 11:30

Brussels – Halfway through its term in office, the European Commission is falling behind in the race to create sustainable long-term prosperity in Europe, warn Europe’s leading green groups in a critical assessment of the Commission’s...

Further delay as Commissioners fail to agree biofuels clean-up plan

Press release | May 2, 2012 at 11:55

Brussels - European Commissioners today failed to agree how to close a major loophole in EU biofuels policy. The lack of progress adds to years of delay while the climate impact of harmful biofuels continues to grow, Greenpeace said.

Tests find rainforest-destroying biofuels common at filling stations - EU rules to blame

Press release | July 19, 2011 at 0:01

19 July 2011, Brussels – Drivers are unknowingly helping to destroy rainforests because of the growing use of harmful biofuels in diesel, tests at filling stations reveal.

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