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

 

What’s helping protect the forest? Find out in 60 seconds!

Blog entry by hpostlet | March 28, 2014

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4 reasons we all should #StandForForests

Blog entry by Greg Norman, Forests Communications Coordinator | March 21, 2014 3 comments

We cannot sustain life without healthy, thriving forests. That is why Greenpeace campaigns for their protection and on this International Day of Forests, we want to share with you a few reasons why you should help. 1. 300 million of...

Message to Resolute: You can collaborate with us. Others have.

Blog entry by Richard Brooks | March 17, 2014 2 comments

“ We’ve done it before, we can do it here. ” It’s a mantra that we have been saying over and over again in our campaign to protect the Boreal Forest. We can put in place lasting solutions that protect the forest and the wildlife...

In the Spirit of Kindness - Guest Blog by Jess Housty

Blog entry by Eduardo Sousa | February 19, 2014

As senior forests campaigner for Greenpeace on the Great Bear Rainforest, it has been a privilege and a pleasure to get to know and work closely with many of the amazing individuals and communities that call that spectacular rainforest...

Changes to Park Act pave the way for industrial development in B.C. parks

Blog entry by Stephanie Goodwin | February 17, 2014

When BC politicians all went back to Victoria last week for the beginning of another legislative session, they didn’t waste time forwarding their agenda.  Environment Minister Mary Polak proposed a short list of amendments to the...

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