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

 

FSC at risk – Finland: How FSC controlled wood certification is threatening Finland’s...

Publication | June 26, 2013 at 5:00

Established nearly 20 years ago, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is widely recognised as the highest global certification standard for forest management. Nonetheless, with the FSC’s rapid growth, there is growing concern with the...

FSC at work - Canada: FSC-Certified forest management that customers expect

Publication | June 26, 2013 at 5:00

Established nearly 20 years ago, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is widely recognised as the highest global certification standard for forest management. Nonetheless, with the FSC’s rapid growth, there is growing concern with the...

From the ground up: A progress report on British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest (2013)

Publication | June 25, 2013 at 10:28

In June 2013, dozens of global customers of wood products from the Great Bear Rainforest such as Home Depot and Kimberly-Clark, came to Vancouver for a roundtable to share perspectives on progress in the region and engage in discussion on the...

Forest Views Spring 2013

Publication | April 5, 2013 at 9:47

Find out about what is happening in Canada's Great Bear Rainforest in the latest issue of the Forest Views newsletter. Published by Greenpeace, Forest Views is aimed at customers and investors of British Columbia's forest products. In this issue...

Canada’s Boreal Forest: Status Report For Customers and Investors

Publication | December 6, 2012 at 10:30

On the second anniversary of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) leading environmental organizations, Canopy, ForestEthics and Greenpeace, released the following status report. The report revealed the CBFA has yet to deliver on the ground...

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