Forests

With 80 per cent of the planet's ancient forests already lost or degraded, the need for increased protection of the world's remaining forests is more urgent than ever. Forests help stabilize the climate, sustain life, provide jobs, and are the source of culture for many Indigenous communities. Greenpeace opposes destructive and unsustainable development in the remaining ancient forests in Canada and globally. To effect positive change and put lasting solutions in place, we challenge the global marketplace, engage consumers, pressure governments and work with industry to protect the Boreal Forest, the Great Bear Rainforest and the Indonesian rainforest.

Boreal Forest

Stretching from coast to coast, the Boreal forest is one of the largest tracts of ancient forest in the world, encompassing more than half of Canada's landmass. It is a diverse and awe-inspiring landscape of granite outcrops, lakes, rivers and marshes, interspersed with pine, spruce, aspen and poplar forests. It is home to hundreds of First Nations and other communities, as well as threatened iconic species such as woodland caribou and wolverine. 

Great Bear Rainforest

The Great Bear rainforest represents one quarter of the world's remaining coastal temperate rainforest. It stretches along the mainland coast of British Columbia to the Alaska border and covers an area the size of Switzerland. The Great Bear rainforest is home to the rare white Spirit Bear, salmon streams and dozens of First Nations communities. Once wholly threatened with large-scale industrial logging, Greenpeace continues to work to ensure that the 2006 and 2009 Great Bear Rainforest Agreements are implemented for the rainforest's long-term protection.

Indonesian rainforests

Greenpeace campaigns to prevent the reckless destruction of Indonesia's remaining rainforests. We are doing so to protect endangered wildlife like the Sumatran tiger and orangutan, to support forest communities, and to stop greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation. One of the leading drivers of this forest destruction is Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL).

Clayoquot Sound

British Columbia’s Clayoquot Sound is an ecological treasure of regional, national and global significance. Its mountains, valleys and islands represent Vancouver Island’s largest intact ancient rainforest. Home to 45 known endangered, threatened and vulnerable animal species, Clayoquot’s forests are an invaluable haven for wildlife. In the early 1990s, Greenpeace joined fellow environmental groups, the region’s First Nations and the public to protect the intact old-growth rainforests of Clayoquot Sound from logging. However, despite increased protection, many of these ecologically intact areas remain unprotected and are still vulnerable to logging today.

The latest updates

 

Communities stepping up to protect the environment

Blog entry by Stephanie Goodwin | July 12, 2013

Local communities are once again on the front lines of efforts to keep our west coast pristine.  Save Howe Sound is a local group of citizens who keep an eye on the world class beauty Howe Sound. They are promoting awareness of the...

#SGHAZE shows why RSPO is not enough

Blog entry by Bustar Maitar | June 28, 2013

The forest fires that have set Sumatra ablaze and engulfed the region with record-breaking air pollution remind us that forest destruction is very real. It’s a problem with global effects and demands global solutions. That is why...

From the ground up: A progress report on British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest

Blog entry by Stephanie Goodwin | June 25, 2013

Last week, dozens of global customers of wood products from the Great Bear Rainforest such as Home Depot and Kimberly-Clark came to Vancouver for a one-day roundtable to share perspectives on progress in the rainforest and engage in...

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC): an important tool, but needs improvement

Blog entry by Catharine Grant, Forest Campaigner | June 21, 2013

A New York Times article has reported that the Forest Stewardship Council certification for wood products is essential part of responsible business for large multi-national companies such as Tetrapak and Office Depot. These companies...

Ever dodge a 200 foot tree? All part of the story behind the Great Bear Rainforest

Blog entry by Eduardo Sousa | June 4, 2013

Often the world-renowned Great Bear Rainforest receives a great deal of attention for its natural beauty, its magnificent old-growth rainforests, the unique calls of eagles and ravens, the powerful presence of grizzlies, black bears...

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