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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Voices of the Great Bear Rainforest Vol 4: Eduardo Sousa

Video | November 18, 2015 at 13:24

This fourth installment of "Voices of the Great Bear Rainforest" features Eduardo Sousa, senior forest campaigner for Greenpeace. Eduardo recounts Greenpeace's 20 years of campaigning to safeguard the Great Bear Rainforest from destructive...

A First Nation community tells logging companies: “Our land is not for sale”

Video | September 21, 2015 at 16:11

The Cree Nation of Waswanipi is fighting to protect its ancestral land from logging. The Broadback Valley, located close to James Bay in northern Quebec, Canada is at heart of these lands and is one of the last intact forests in the region.

Bringing the Guardian Tree to life

Video | May 3, 2014 at 9:30

61,000 signatures appear on the Guardian Tree, a symbol of our shared resolve to stand up for forests and tell Resolute Forest Products, Canada’s largest logging company, that reckless clear-cutting in the Boreal Forest is not okay. If you didn’t...

Guardian Tree Reveal

Image | May 3, 2014 at 9:00

61,000 signatures appear on the Guardian Tree, a symbol of our shared resolve to stand up for forests and tell Resolute Forest Products, Canada’s largest logging company, that reckless clear-cutting in the Boreal Forest is not okay. If you didn’t...

What's saving the forest?

Video | March 28, 2014 at 15:30

When you think of the forest, you probably think of big trees and cute animals. We do too! But we also think of all the people who #StandForForests and help protect them. Greenpeace wants to spread our thanks as wide and as far as possible to all...

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