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

 

4 reasons we all should #StandForForests

Blog entry by Greg Norman, Forests Communications Coordinator | March 21, 2014 3 comments

We cannot sustain life without healthy, thriving forests. That is why Greenpeace campaigns for their protection and on this International Day of Forests, we want to share with you a few reasons why you should help. 1. 300 million of...

Reclaiming My Muchness

Blog entry by Christine Bruce, volunteer | March 19, 2014 1 comment

Yesterday was a blissfully sunny day, unusual here in Kingston during this long, cold winter. That seemed a sign: today, I’m taking advantage of the weather to do some guerilla advocacy on behalf of Greenpeace Canada. At seven-thirty...

Message to Resolute: You can collaborate with us. Others have.

Blog entry by Richard Brooks | March 17, 2014 2 comments

“ We’ve done it before, we can do it here. ” It’s a mantra that we have been saying over and over again in our campaign to protect the Boreal Forest. We can put in place lasting solutions that protect the forest and the wildlife...

Winter expedition into the Broadback Valley “Endangered Forest”

Blog entry by Greenpeace Canada | March 14, 2014

The Cree Nation of Waswanipi, with the support of a team from Greenpeace, organized a media expedition to the Cree ancestral lands in the Broadback Valley “Endangered Forest”. Joined by journalists from Agence France Presse (AFP), the...

Why trees need to stand together

Blog entry by Dr. Janet Cotter is a Senior Scientist at the Gree | March 13, 2014

Tropical forests are home to more species than nearly any other ecosystem on the planet, but increasingly this biodiversity is threatened. When forest is cleared, there is a reduction in forest area, which affects biodiversity. There...

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