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

 

Bearing Witness at the Bella Bella Pipeline Hearings

Blog entry by Melina Laboucan-Massimo | April 12, 2012

Last week I was in Bella Bella to witness the Joint Panel Review (JRP) hearings for the Enbridge Gateway Pipeline. The Heiltsuk First Nation is one of the many communities that would be impacted by this project. As such the...

Independent science shaped the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements

Feature story | March 30, 2012 at 14:50

Fundamental to the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements of 2006 and 2009 was the role that independent science played in determining the requirements to safeguard its ecological integrity . The letter below was released today by a group of thirteen...

No Tankers, no pipelines, no oil on our coastline

Blog entry by Christine Leclerc | March 21, 2012

On Monday, March 26, hundreds are set to rally against tar sands tankers and pipelines at  the Vancouver Art Gallery . Enbridge and Kinder Morgan are trying to punch new tar sands pipelines through a wall of opposition, bring...

Charged by a grizzly...and other lessons

Blog entry by Stephanie Goodwin | March 16, 2012

There are a few things I know for sure.   The first is that I freeze when I panic. The second is there are indeed special places in the world that inspire movies like Avatar and Lord of the Rings. And the third, my friend Caitlyn...

Half is Not Enough for the Great Bear Rainforest

Blog entry by Eduardo Sousa | March 1, 2012

This posting reproduces an Op Ed published March 1st in the Vancouver Sun by Eduardo Sousa, Valerie Langer and Jens Wieting   Six years ago an amazing thing happened. Environmental organizations and the forestry industry, former...

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