Great Bear Rainforest

The spirit bear (also known as Kermode Bear) makes its home in the Great Bear Rainforest. © Andrew Wright / www.cold-coast.com

Greenpeace fought for a decade to ensure greater protection for the magnificent Great Bear Rainforest, and continues to work with the B.C. government and other partners to ensure the forest’s long-term sustainability.

Stretching along the coast from Vancouver to Alaska, the Great Bear Rainforest is the largest tract of intact coastal temperate rainforest in the world. The forest was threatened by industrial logging and mining. Habitat for elk, eagles and bears was being destroyed.

On March 31, 2009, the B.C. government announced the preservation of 50 per cent of the Great Bear Rainforest, following through on part of its 2006 promise to protect 70 per cent. Greenpeace, our environmental partners, the B.C. government, First Nations and logging companies celebrated. The B.C. government called the agreement the “most significant environmental announcement in the province’s history.” We agree.

The Great Bear Rainforest agreement also includes more restrictive logging regulations, recognizes First Nations as governments and supports sustainable development in First Nations communities. Although many parts of the plan are being implemented, Greenpeace’s campaign to protect the rainforest is not over. The B.C. government has committed to setting aside 70 per cent of the natural level of old growth forest by 2014. We will make sure it does.

How Greenpeace protects the Great Bear Rainforest

  • Exposing environmental problems: We cast a spotlight on industrial projects that threaten the health of the rainforest.
  • Engaging in solutions-based discussions: We are involved in ongoing discussions with our environmental partners, First Nations, the forestry industry and the B.C. government. Learn more about this global solution in the making.
  • Pressuring the marketplace: We communicate with companies that buy wood from the rainforest, urging them to use their purchasing power to influence logging practices. We encourage Forest Stewardship Council certification for logging companies.
  • Supporting communities: We support First Nations in their efforts to diversify their economies and increase their governance over their traditional territories.
  • Advocating for wildlife and ecosystems: Species in the rainforest are at risk of extinction despite commitments in the agreement. We push for the conservation of habitat.

The latest updates

 

Last Stand for the Great Bear Rainforest?

Blog entry by Eduardo Sousa | October 15, 2014

When a major environmental campaign shifts from a stage of conflict and controversy to one of collaboration and solutions-making, public awareness greatly drops. Conflict from a mainstream media perspective is ‘sexy’ and solutions-orien...

FSC makes big strides

Blog entry by Judy Rodrigues | September 12, 2014

This week, Greenpeace has been squirreled away in meetings with members of the FSC's General Assembly, the membership body that makes decisions about how FSC is governed. To be frank, we've been pretty critical of FSC over the last few...

The opposite of sleight of hand

Blog entry by Stephanie Goodwin | May 7, 2014

Wikipedia says that sleight of hand is the set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects secretly. The word sleight comes from the Old Norse language meaning cleverness, cunning, slyness.  Well, despite being a ‘have’...

Of Solutions and Commitments: Going the Distance in the Great Bear Rainforest

Blog entry by Eduardo Sousa | April 22, 2014

Last week Greenpeace launched   Forest Solutions: An insider’s look at Greenpeace collaborations in forest regions around the world . Eduardo Sousa, a Senior Forests Campaigner for Greenpeace shares his perspectives on the Great...

What environmentalists do

Blog entry by Stephanie Goodwin | April 3, 2014

You’ve likely seen the Internet memes “What My Friends Think I Do vs What I Actually Do.” They depict what different people think a person does and end with a punch line about what they really do, which is usually much less exciting...

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