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 Guardian Tree: Where art and the forest come together

Blog entry by Richard Brooks, Forest Campaign Coordinator | February 12, 2014 2 comments

The importance of Canada’s Boreal Forest transcends geographical, cultural and physical boundaries: it has global significance. The Boreal Forest plays a critical role in mitigating global climate change and holds some of the highest...

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Blog entry by Richard Brooks | January 12, 2014

As Greenpeace Canada’s head forest campaigner, I’m often asked by friends, family, and people I meet: what is one simple thing I can do to protect our forests? Thanks to your support Greenpeace has been able to win many environmental...

It’s not our fault says Resolute.

Blog entry by Richard Brooks | December 15, 2013

It’s not our fault - Resolute avoids taking responsibility for losing FSC certification for 8 million hectares of forest Talk about avoiding responsibility. This week it was announced that Canada’s largest logging Resolute Forest...

Groups urge swift passage of Ontario Bill 83

Blog entry by Shane Moffatt, Forest Campaigner | November 29, 2013

A range of environmental, civil liberties and social justice organisations today urged Ontario Attorney General John Gerretsen to ensure the passage of Bill 83: The Protection of Public Particiaption Act 2013 . The law is widely...

Remembering a 20 year commitment to the coastal rainforests

Blog entry by Oliver Salge | November 11, 2013

20 years ago this week,  Greenpeace activists, including the former executive director of Greenpeace Germany, Thilo Bode, were arrested on a bridge and locked up in jail. The reason for the arrest was that they were taking part in a...

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