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


Evaluation: The Swedish Presidency gets a red card for environmental failure

Publication | December 22, 2009 at 12:03

In June 2009, Greenpeace ranked Sweden’s preparation ahead of its six months as EU president with the red and yellow card system used in football. Greenpeace found that Sweden was already playing a dangerous game in a number of environmental...

Paying the climate bill

Publication | September 10, 2009 at 12:34

Media briefing on the European Commission’s communication on climate finance & what’s next in the countdown to Copenhagen

Evaluation of Czech EU Presidency

Publication | June 29, 2009 at 15:53

In January 2009, Greenpeace set out its expectations for the Czech Republic’s EU Presidency, with a special focus on climate and energy issues. With the Czech Presidency coming to a close, we are now assessing its performance in these priority areas.

Yellow card! 2009 Swedish EU Presidency checklist

Publication | June 25, 2009 at 0:00

The boots are on and the referee is about to blow the whistle: the Swedish Presidency is almost underway. But before the game has even started, Greenpeace has ranked the Swedish government for its performance in the lead up to this crucial moment...

OFF TARGET: European Commission 2004-2009 environmental progress report & lessons for...

Publication | June 10, 2009 at 0:00

The Green 10 coalition of environmental organisations has a track record of producing European Commission scorecards. This latest publication presents the final grades for the 2004-2009 Barroso Commission, assessing its performance in a number of...

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