Protect Forests

The Earth cannot sustain life without healthy, thriving forests. They are home to over two-thirds of the world’s species. They are like the green lungs of the planet, supplying us with oxygen and helping to balance rainfall and the climate.

Yet our forests are at risk. They are being logged for chocolate, toothpaste, tissue paper, magazines, animal feed and more. They are being burned, degraded and logged at astonishing rates – as much as 80% of the world’s forests are already destroyed. Unique wildlife like orangutans and the clouded leopard are pushed to the brink of extinction, while indigenous people are uprooted from their traditional homes.

Forest destruction also fuels climate change: The world’s forests store hundreds of billions tons of carbon, many times more the annual greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels. When forests are degraded or destroyed, this carbon is released into the atmosphere.

Greenpeace is campaigning for zero deforestation by 2020 to protect what is left of these extraordinary ecosystems.

In East Asia, Greenpeace is working to stop Mainland China and Taiwan’s role in forest destruction – they are major purchasers of paper and wood products from Southeast Asia’s Paradise Forests, the Amazon and Africa’s rainforests.

  • We are campaigning for logging companies to end deforestation in ancient forests and peatlands, which are critical to protecting biodiversity and reducing climate change.
  • We are pushing businesses to source their wood and timber from forests that are managed ecologically and sustainably.
  • We are lobbying governments to strengthen their forest protection policies and set up reserves that safeguard them from commercial activities.
  • We are also protecting China’s remaining natural forests from conversion to plantation and logging activities through investigation and awareness building.

The latest updates

 

Jiangsu's Vanishing Wetlands: Report

Publication | 2017-12-14 at 10:00

Based on fieldwork and satellite analysis conducted between March and November 2017, Greenpeace East Asia has identified immediate threats to Jiangsu’s wetlands, including to the habitat of the spoon-billed sandpiper.

Land fill project in eastern China threatens survival of critically endangered...

Press release | 2017-12-14 at 10:00

Beijing, 14 December 2017 – The survival of the IUCN critically-endangered spoon-billed sandpiper is under threat from a planned land fill project at Tiaozini, Jiangsu province, a Greenpeace East Asia report shows. Fewer than 700 spoon-billed...

Huge win for China’s green peafowl!

Blog entry by Yi Lan | 2017-08-02

Amazing news for one of China’s rarest birds! There are fewer than 500 green peafowls left in the wild in China. On Monday, we got news that all three of our demands for the protection of China’s endangered green peafowl...

Illegal mining discovered in China's last remaining green peafowl habitat - Greenpeace

Press release | 2017-07-12 at 14:13

Beijing, 12 July 2017 - Satellite imagery analysis and fieldwork conducted by Greenpeace East Asia have uncovered illegal mining and road construction in the Konglong River Nature Reserve in China’s southwestern Yunnan Province. The protection...

How mining is threatening China’s precious forests: what we discovered

Blog entry by Yi Lan | 2016-07-27

Xiuwachu tungsten and molybdenum ore mine (located in the buffer zone of the World Natural Heritage Site). Greenpeace/Xiao Shibai The state of the world’s forests should be of concern to everybody. Forests are not simply sources of...

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