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

 

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...

Great Bear to the Boreal: 7 Ways to Shorten a Campaign for Forest Protection

Blog entry by Eduardo Sousa | January 29, 2016

We are getting much closer to the end of the long and winding road that has been the Great Bear Rainforest campaign. As I mentioned in a recent blog , along the way to completing the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements we have...

Axing the Broadback? Strong opposition to the logging industry at the COMEX public...

Blog entry by Nicolas Mainville | January 21, 2016

The Broadback Valley Endangered Forest is under threat from logging companies that wish to divide the southern region of this magnificent, pristine forest into three parts -- with the construction of two major access roads through this...

Protecting Intact Forests & FSC’s Motion 65: Getting the Facts Straight

Blog entry by Forests | December 15, 2015

The term Intact Forest Landscape (IFL) is well recognized in scientific literature and certification standard s, and within the supply chain and in the policies of major forest product companies. IFLs are defined as unbroken...

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