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

 

Barbie wrapped in Rainforest destruction scandal, tiger outrage

Feature story | June 7, 2011 at 11:35

Greenpeace is taking on Barbie, the world’s most famous toy, because of her involvement in rainforest destruction in Indonesia. And Ken has dumped her because she is wiping out the habitat of endangered tigers and ourang-utans.

Greenpeace Launches Ad Campaign to Stop Ontario’s Countdown to Caribou Extinction

Blog entry by Catharine Grant, Forest Campaigner | June 6, 2011

This month Greenpeace is running online ads to raise public awareness about the plight of woodland caribou in Ontario. Unfortunately, massive clearcuts in caribou habitat continue to jeopardize the species despite promises by the...

Boreal Business Forum sets first milestone of Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement

Feature story | April 18, 2011 at 8:36

Greenpeace and signatories to the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) announced today the creation of a new Boreal Business Forum to monitor progress of the agreement to protect the Boreal Forest and to ensure market recognition for...

Greenpeace puts climate change on the agenda for federal election

Feature story | April 15, 2011 at 10:20

Climate change is one of the greatest threats facing humanity and the rest of nature this century. Yet, in Election 2011 climate change barely gets a mention from leaders on the campaign trail.

And it just gets shadier

Blog entry by Richard Brooks | March 31, 2011

Asia Pulp and Paper linked to Consumer Freedom groups Yesterday  I blogged about the sale of the fifth Canadian pulp mill to notorious and corrupt forest destroyer Asia Pulp and Paper (through a subsidiary Paper Excellence) and...

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