Protecting essential forests

Clearcut of state-owned Finnish old growth forest.

 

Without healthy forests, Earth cannot sustain life. They absorb a massive amount of greenhouse gasses and are home to hundreds of millions of people and two-thirds of the known terrestrial species, including the largest share of threatened species.

However, 72 percent of Indonesia's forest landscapes and 15 percent of the Amazon’s have already been lost forever. Now the Congo’s forests face the same threat. While the causes vary from region to region, they all have one thing in common: human activity.

Agri-business is responsible for massive rainforest destruction as forests are burned to make way for cattle ranches, or cleared for palm oil or soya plantations. Agricultural products are used in Europe to make toothpaste, chocolate and animal feed.

Industrial logging for timber, pulp and paper is devastating much of the world's rainforests to make the disposable wood products we find in our European stores - paper for our glossy magazines, toilet paper and packaging.

The mass destruction of rainforests is responsible for up to a fifth of the world's greenhouse gas emissions - more than every plane, car, truck, ship and train on the planet combined.

With so many of the world's forests already destroyed, we urgently need to protect what is left. Greenpeace is campaigning for zero deforestation, globally, by 2020.

Greenpeace’s European unit campaigns for:

-    policies to eliminate Europe’s deforestation footprint
-    a moratorium on destructive activities in the last intact forest landscapes
-    a meaningful, international financial mechanism to reduce deforestation in developing countries

The latest updates

 

"Protect Life on Earth Today : Tanjung Putin National Park under siege"

Publication | January 1, 2004 at 0:00

Illegal logging is rampant and out of control in Indonesia. In Central Kalimantan, the once pristine Tanjung Puting National Park is one of many protected areas under siege by illegal and destructive logging from the country’s corrupt timber...

Towards a Green EU Constitution

Publication | August 20, 2003 at 0:00

This paper presents the view of the leading European environmental organisations on the draft European Constitution. We present simple, realistic and concrete suggestions for amendments to the text of the draft Constitution as finalised by the...

Greening part three of the proposed draft constitution of the European Union.

Publication | June 17, 2003 at 0:00

The current revision of the European Treaties and the drafting of a Constitution for the European Union creates a unique opportunity to provide the EU with legal frameworks for truly innovative policies that would make the EU the world leader in...

"Indonesia : Partners in Crime"

Publication | June 1, 2003 at 0:00

Greenpeace has been uncovering UK Government and timber trade use of illegal and destructively logged timber from Indonesia’s rainforests. This investigation has taken us from UK Government building sites and Travis Perkins and Jewson warehouses...

"Finland: Forest crime file"

Publication | January 1, 2002 at 0:00

Even in a wealthy, forest-rich nation like Finland, industrial logging is jeopardising the survival of the country’s last ancient – or old-growth – forests. A Greenpeace investigation about forests crime in Finland.

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