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


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...

China must do more to protect its UNESCO natural heritage sites - Greenpeace

Press release | 2016-07-27 at 12:54

Beijing, 27 July, 2016 - A Greenpeace East Asia investigation into China’s remaining Intact Forest Landscape (IFL) [1] has shown that key areas of IFL in northwest Yunnan Province are being damaged by mining activities. Moreover, three of the 24...

This World Forests Day, we’re celebrating the Congo Basin Rainforest- and how China...

Blog entry by Shuxuan Chen | 2016-03-21

It’s impossible to overstate the importance of forests to our lives and particularly the Congo Basin Rainforest. The world’s second largest rainforest spreads across six African countries and is home to over 10,000 species of plants,...

We did it! Victory for China's Giant Pandas

Blog entry by Yi Lan | 2016-01-12

2016 has kicked off with great news for Pandas! Back in October, Greenpeace East Asia revealed that China’s iconic Giant Pandas were under threat from rampant illegal logging in the world’s largest panda habitat. ...

China’s chance to influence the fight against illegal timber trade

Blog entry by Wenjin Pan | 2015-11-25

“With great power comes great responsibility” is a saying that has some links to Voltaire but whose origins are more associated with the Spiderman comics. It has continuing relevance today when it comes to protecting the world’s...

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