PROTECT THE GREAT NORTHERN FOREST AND ITS INCREDIBLE DIVERSITY OF LIFE

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. Learn more about logging company Resolute’s lawsuits to silence the Greenpeace campaign to protect the Canadian Boreal forest.

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

 

"Homeless" Sumatran tigers call to action to save their forest homes, but Mackenzie...

Blog entry by Zul Fahmni, Greenpeace Forest campaigner | April 19, 2012

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...

Threatening ecological and cultural resilience within the Great Bear Rainforest: the...

Blog entry by Eduardo Sousa | April 16, 2012 1 comment

Two weeks ago I had the good fortune to stand with the Heiltsuk First Nation in their opposition to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project (NGP). The Joint Review Panel (JRP), which is assessing the NGP’s environmental impacts, had...

Asia Pulp and Paper: bad for the environment and bad for investors

Blog entry by Calvin Quek, Greenpeace East Asia | April 14, 2012

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...

Bearing Witness at the Bella Bella Pipeline Hearings

Blog entry by Melina Laboucan-Massimo | April 12, 2012

Last week I was in Bella Bella to witness the Joint Panel Review (JRP) hearings for the Enbridge Gateway Pipeline. The Heiltsuk First Nation is one of the many communities that would be impacted by this project. As such the...

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...

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