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.

The latest updates

 

News worth celebrating! Megadam in the heart of Amazon cancelled!

Blog entry by Danicley Aguiar | August 4, 2016

Thanks all of you who stood with the Munduruku Indigenous People – more than 1.2 million people – and made this victory possible!   © Rogério Assis / Greenpeace This Wednesday, I had barely had...

They Murdered My Mother for Defending the Environment — Help Me Seek Justice

Blog entry by Salvador Edgardo Zuniga Cáceres | July 25, 2016

It has been four months since the murder of environmental and Indigenous rights activist Berta Cáceres, and her killers have  still  not been brought to justice. Instead, the violence continues  – o n 7 July, another activist from...

8 Photos Take You Inside the Movement to Save the Amazon

Blog entry by Rolf Skar | June 29, 2016 1 comment

The Munduruku indigenous community is trying to save its land — and with it the heart of the Amazon Basin — from a destructive mega-dam. I was lucky enough to spend a week with them fighting against deforestation and Amazon destruction...

Overcoming the Impossible: Safeguarding the Great Bear Rainforest

Blog entry by Richard Brooks | February 8, 2016

It’s Monday and I am standing in a room, waiting to speak at the media conference that announces the completion of the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements – safeguarding an area of forest larger than Vancouver Island, bigger than...

Celebrating twenty years of campaigning to safeguard the Great Bear Rainforest

Blog entry by Eduardo Sousa | February 1, 2016

At long last, today we celebrate the culmination of over twenty years of campaigning to safeguard the Great Bear Rainforest. We started with conflict in the mid-1990s: exposing to the world through blockades, protests, and...

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