Protecting our forests

Standard Page - 13 May, 2011
Protecting forests will not only preserve biodiversity and defend the rights of forest communities, it's also one of the quickest and cost effective ways of halting climate change.


From lobbying on the international stage to exposing destruction in the field, we are working to safeguard our last remaining forests.

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Eco-forestry solutions

Community ecoforestry enterprises have been in place across PNG for many years with varying degrees of success. With the support of local NGO partners such as FORCERT and Foundation for People and Community Development (FPCD), communities have been able to put in place an alternative to industrial logging and SABLs and protect their forest for future generations. Find out more www.greenpeace.org/ecoforestry

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Exposing destruction

We work on the ground in countries like Indonesia to defend the forests from unsustainable and illegal logging. We investigate and expose destructive logging practices that destroy these vital forests and hold companies accountable.

Protect ancient forests

Success

Exposing Indonesia’s biggest forest destroyer – Sinar Mas – has resulted in global companies ending their contracts with the logging giant and subsidiaries announcing improved policies. Read more

Defending our forests

Pressuring decision makers

We participate in key regional and international forums where the fate of the world's forests is on the table. Here we are advocating for a meaningful international funding mechanism to end global deforestation, known as REDD (reduced emissions from degradation and deforestation), and for it to be implemented fairly. We also lobby for moratoriums on deforestation to be established in key forest nations and pressure leaders into banning destructive, illegal and unsustainable logging imports.

Climate Impact

Success

Greenpeace set up an unlikely alliance with some of the biggest names from Australia’s timber industry, social justice and environment groups to pressure the government to ban illegal logging. In November 2012 these new laws were passed by the Australia government. Read the good news.

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Empowering consumers

We expose the retailers and brands that sell unsustainable or illegal timber products, and work with them to acquire better policies. Greenpeace empowers consumers to apply pressure on such companies and to make informed, ethical and sustainable choices when buying products such as toilet paper and toiletries. The last home of the Sumatran tiger is being destroyed to make the products we love. Join the thousands taking action to Protect Paradise. Ask Proctor & Gamble – makers of Head and Shoulders shampoo - to become tiger and forest friendly!

Protect ancient forests

Success

In May 2010, the world’s biggest food and beverage company – Nestlé – announced a plan to end its role in forest destruction following worldwide consumer pressure. Read more

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