Boreal Forest

The Boreal Forest © Greenpeace

Greenpeace is dedicated to the conservation of Canada’s largest ecosystem, the Boreal Forest. Our first priority is a healthy Boreal Forest which supports viable economies and communities. Representing more than half of Canada’s landmass, the Boreal Forest sustains countless plants and animals and plays a critical role in mitigating global climate change. The Boreal holds some of the highest quantities of terrestrial carbon in the world – an estimated 208 billion tones. It is also the source of life and culture for many Indigenous communities. Yet many areas of the Boreal Forest are under threat by destructive logging practices.

Greenpeace has identified five “Endangered Forest” areas that are amongst the most valuable intact wilderness left in Canada’s commercial forest. Unfortunately, companies like Resolute Forest Products are logging in some of these forests and destroying critical caribou habitat. Resolute is currently suing Greenpeace for $7 million to divert your attention from its destructive practices. But Greenpeace is standing up for the forest and won’t be silenced by this lawsuit.

Currently, only 8 per cent of Canada’s forest area is protected by legislation. A comprehensive network of protected areas is vital to conserve the Boreal Forest for future generations.

The forest can’t defend itself. Take action and #StandForForests now.

How Greenpeace works to save the Boreal Forest

  • Challenging the marketplace: We expose the destructive practices of logging companies that can and should operate in a sustainable and socially responsible manner. We also challenge forest products customers to show leadership in supporting conservation.
  • Engaging consumers: We mobilize and educate the public about companies, like Resolute Forest Products, that are destroying the forest. We provide consumers with information that will reduce the impact of their purchases on the forest.
  • Pressuring governments: We hold governments accountable to their promises to protect the forest and urge them to do more to support a green economy in the Boreal that supports healthy communities and workers.
  • Working with industry: We collaborate with leaders in the forestry sector to ensure the creation of long-term jobs and a healthy Boreal Forest that can sustain its wealth of environmental and social values for all Canadians.
  • Collaborating with First Nations and other Indigenous communities: We recognize First Nations as decision makers in their traditional territories and believe they must be lead participants in conservation and planning. They have the right to free, prior and informed consent for all developments affecting their traditional territories, as per the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and as required by the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) certification standards.

The latest updates

 

Greenpeace blocks office of Quebec’s forest ministry

Feature story | July 26, 2009 at 17:00

Greenpeace activists are blocking access to the Ministry of Natural Resources to disrupt its regular business activities in protest against the destruction of Quebec’s last intact forests.

Greenpeace’s new vision for Canada’s Boreal Forest

Feature story | June 9, 2009 at 17:00

Greenpeace has released a new vision for Canada’s Boreal Forest that will protect the health and integrity of our Boreal Forests and reinvigorate the forest industry and northern forest communities.

Greenpeace text action demands AbitibiBowater step into a green future

Feature story | May 12, 2009 at 17:00

Greenpeace has unveiled a new twist to its campaign to turn AbitibiBowater from a company that destroys forests to one that manages forests responsibly and sustainably. We are calling on all volunteers and supporters to send text messages to...

AbitibiBowater needs to green its operations to survive

Feature story | April 15, 2009 at 17:00

Greenpeace sees AbitibiBowater’s current financial difficulties as the best chance for the company to develop a plan for long-term survival. AbitibiBowater, Canada’s largest logging company and the world’s largest newsprint manufacturer, has...

Hackers help destroy the Amazon rainforest

Feature story | December 18, 2008 at 9:41

High-tech smuggling operations may not be what you'd normally associate with the ongoing clearance of the Amazon rainforest, but logging companies intent on plundering it for timber have been using hackers to break into the Brazilian government's...

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