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

 

Hackers help destroy the Amazon rainforest

Feature story | December 18, 2008 at 9:41

High-tech smuggling operations may not be what you'd normally associate with the ongoing clearance of the Amazon rainforest, but logging companies intent on plundering it for timber have been using hackers to break into the Brazilian government's...

World on the Edge

Blog entry by Andrea Macdonald | December 6, 2008 1 comment

The Climate Rescue Centre in Poznan 2008 Yesterday I visited the Greenpeace Climate Rescue Station in Konin, almost two hours outside of Poznan, Poland, where the United Nations climate conference is talking place. The...

RONA a ‘leader in forest sustainability’ with new procurement policy, says Greenpeace

Feature story | November 20, 2008 at 17:00

Greenpeace congratulated the leadership of RONA (TSX:RON) in instituting a new progressive policy that will help conserve Canada's forests. The home improvement chain has announced adoption of their first procurement policy for wood products and...

Greenpeace Opens its First Permanent African Offices

Feature story | November 12, 2008 at 17:00

Today Greenpeace opened its first permanent offices in Africa with a new continental headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa and field offices in Kinchasa, Democratic Republic of Congo and Dakar, Senegal. Though campaigning in Africa for more...

300 million reasons why AbitibiBowater needs a rethink

Feature story | November 5, 2008 at 17:00

Third quarter earnings released by AbitibiBowater today highlight the failure of the logging company's strategy to address environmental performance and sustainability.

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