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. 

The Great Bear Rainforest

The Great Bear Rainforest represents one quarter of the world's remaining coastal temperate rainforests. It stretches along the mainland coast of British Columbia from the Discovery Islands to the Alaska border - an area the size of Switzerland. The region is home to the rare white Spirit Bear, five species of salmon, the unique coastal wolf and magnificent cedars. It is also the unceded traditional territories of over two dozen First Nations. Once threatened with industrial logging, over the past twenty years Greenpeace, its environmental partners, and the forestry industry have worked hard with First Nations governments and the BC Government to safeguard the region to help ensure it is managed responsibly for future generations. Now 85% of the forested landbase of the Great Bear Rainforest is off limits to industrial logging.

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


Mackenzie Financial Investments linked to illegal rainforest destruction

Feature story | April 11, 2012 at 6:00

UPDATE: Mackenzie Investments has announced that it will no longer be investing in Asia Pulp and Paper’s (APP) pulp operations. Until APP stops destroying rainforests and critically endangered Sumatran tiger habitat, it will keep shedding...

Yoghurt for forests! Danone drops Asia Pulp and Paper, plans zero deforestation policy

Blog entry by Shane Moffatt | April 2, 2012

Danone has released a statement confirming plans to phase out supplies of paper and packaging products from Asia Pulp and Paper (APP). The statement, which you can read here ( ) also...

Asia Pulp and Paper rainforest destruction hits Canadian shelves

Blog entry by Shane Moffatt | March 30, 2012

Breaking news – Greenpeace can reveal today that notorious rainforest destroyer Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) has begun distributing its Indonesian copy paper to major supermarkets and pharmacies right here in Canada. On the back of a...

Independent science shaped the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements

Feature story | March 30, 2012 at 14:50

Fundamental to the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements of 2006 and 2009 was the role that independent science played in determining the requirements to safeguard its ecological integrity . The letter below was released today by a group of thirteen...

Forest Certification Scheme Ignores Human Rights Violations in the Congo Basin

Blog entry by Danielle van Oijen, Forest Campaigner | March 27, 2012

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) industrial logging is still totally out of control. Ongoing social conflicts, including extreme violence, rape and human rights abuse prompted Greenpeace International to file a complaint in...

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