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

 

Boreal forest customers send us a letter

Blog entry by Stephanie Goodwin | June 28, 2012

Major customers of Boreal logging companies sent Greenpeace a letter today.  Actually, they sent it to all of us involved in the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA), 9 environmental organizations and 19 forest companies operating...

Bamboo for your bum and wheat for wipes

Blog entry by Richard Brooks | June 18, 2012

Kimberly-Clark , the world’s largest tissue product manufacturer and the maker of Kleenex and Cottonelle , announced today that it intends to reduce its impact on natural forests in a major way. By switching to alternatives sources...

Great Bear’s Got Talent!

Blog entry by Eduardo Sousa | June 8, 2012

Blog entry by Ana Terrazas, Greenpeace Forest Team Intern Greenpeace, in its ongoing joint efforts with ForestEthics Solutions and Sierra Club BC to safeguard the Great Bear Rainforest (GBR) has launched a contest that will take...

Musqueam First Nation, 26 days and counting

Blog entry by Stephanie Goodwin | May 28, 2012 1 comment

The Musqueam First Nation have maintained a 24-hour watch over the Marpole Midden village site for the past 26 days to stop further excavation and removal of ancestral remains.  Greenpeace has been down to the Vancouver condo...

New York City imports tar sands resistance

Blog entry by Stephanie Goodwin | May 13, 2012 1 comment

On May 8, a book published along Enbridge's proposed tar sands pipeline route launched in New York City. The Enpipe Line: 70,000+ kilometres of poetry written in resistance to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines proposal , was...

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