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

 

The Great Bear Rainforest – A ‘Greenprint’ ten years in the making

Blog entry by Eduardo Sousa | April 4, 2011

The United Nations declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests. While a celebratory moment, it also sheds a much needed spotlight on the significant deforestation that continues around the world. Our campaigns in Indonesia, the...

Want to be the captain of an oil tanker?

Blog entry by Stephanie Goodwin | March 28, 2011

The people in downtown Vancouver got a taste of the tough turns and hazards facing oil tankers if Enbridge's proposal to build oil pipelines to BC's Great Bear Rainforest is built.  Across the street from Enbridge's office,...

Why Enbridge is afraid of Ta'Kaiya Blaney

Blog entry by Stephanie Goodwin | March 24, 2011 7 comments

In my work for Greenpeace I meet special people pretty regularly.  And by special, I mean people who do the most unexpected things in the most wonderful ways.  Meet Ta’Kaiya.  She’s a ten-year old girl from North Vancouver who,...

BC's next Premier? Sal Spirit Bear campaign video released

Feature story | February 17, 2011 at 12:27

Vancouver — If someone threatened to crisscross your home with pipelines that undermined promises that your home was secure, what would you do? Great Bear Rainforest resident Sal Spirit Bear decided to run for BC Premier.

Sal Spirit Bear shakes up Liberal race, announces he’s running for BC Premier

Feature story | February 9, 2011 at 14:16

(Victoria, B.C.) The lackluster Liberal leadership race was shaken up today with the announcement at the Legislature in Victoria that Sal Spirit Bear, a powerful new political force, is seeking to lead the party and become Premier of British...

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