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

 

Major companies cut ties with Indonesian rainforest destroyer Asia Pulp and Paper:...

Feature story | November 3, 2011 at 14:12

3 November 2011 (Toronto) – Greenpeace revealed today that another group of global customers of Canadian pulp mill owner and major paper manufacturer Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) have cancelled contracts with the company. Among the latest companies...

Asia Pulp and Paper “rescues” a Sumatran tiger (from the rainforest?)

Blog entry by Shane Moffatt | November 2, 2011

With much pomp, and many pats on the back, notorious rainforest destroyer Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) announced last week  that it has “rescued” a Sumatran tiger in the Indonesian province of Riau. Kind of like Clover Leaf “rescues”...

Burning trees for energy puts Canadian forests and climate at risk: Greenpeace

Feature story | November 2, 2011 at 10:10

Greenpeace released a science-based report today that highlights the dangers of the large-scale use of wood and tree harvesting for heating, electricity generation or liquid biofuels. The report, entitled ‘Fuelling a Biomess’, argues that burning...

Another campaigner kicked out of Indonesia for fighting APP's deforestation

Blog entry by Andy Tait | October 24, 2011

Until last Wednesday, I was in Indonesia. I'd travelled there to work with colleagues in Jakarta and Sumatra on our continuing campaign to end the devastation of the country's magnificent rainforests. But after an extremely intense...

Greenpeace director refused entry to Indonesia following smear campaign

Blog entry by Jamie Woolley, Greenpeace UK | October 13, 2011

John Sauven the Executive Director of Greenpeace UK chats to Prince Charles during the Glastonbury music festival in 2010. Image: Vanessa Miles. In a bizarre turn of events usually seen in a John le Carré novel, the executive...

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