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. 

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.

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Stopping Enbridge’s oil tanker, one stroke at a time

Blog entry by cskinner | May 12, 2010

Stephanie Goodwin  BC Director for Greenpeace  May 12, 2010 Last week, Norm Hann embarked on a unique journey.  He will travel 385 km down the coast of Canada in three weeks on a stand-up paddleboard.  He’s trying to protect...

The Good Wood Awards

Blog entry by Stephanie Goodwin | March 31, 2010 1 comment

The athletes, spectators and officials have all left Vancouver, you almost wouldn’t know that the Olympics and Paralympics wrapped up only ten days ago. However, looking a little closer and we see one part of its legacy – the new...

Pipe up against Enbridge

Blog entry by Stephanie Goodwin | March 23, 2010 2 comments

Today, I witnessed bold action being taken by First Nations in order to save our precious Great Bear Rainforest and its communities from a deadly oil spill. At a press conference in Vancouver, First Nations stated “…in upholding our...

Nestlé Facebook crash while the forests still burn

Blog entry by editor | March 22, 2010

From the Greenpeace UK blog When we plan campaigns, we often have a reasonable idea of how much interest they'll get. Some are designed to speak to a small, specific audience who are in the right place to get things done, while...

Saving forests and stopping climate change: one action at a time

Blog entry by Stephanie Goodwin | November 27, 2009

Only hours ago my passport was returned to me by Indonesian immigration officials who escorted me from Riau province on the island of Sumatra, where I was deported for protesting forest destruction and climate change back to Jakarta.

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