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

 

Briefing on new EU timber law ahead of debates in Council and European Parliament

Publication | January 19, 2009 at 15:06

Greenpeace considers that the EU -one of the world’s largest timber markets- has the duty to reduce and ultimately halt forest destruction, in order to defend biodiversity and reduce carbon emissions. Preserving forests also means protecting the...

Greenpeace Czech EU Presidency briefing

Publication | January 7, 2009 at 0:00

Greenpeace sets out its expectations and priorities for the Czech Republic’s EU Presidency for the first six months of 2009, with a specific focus on climate and energy issues.

Forest for climate Diagram

Publication | October 15, 2008 at 0:00

How can the EU ensure that new and additional funds are being generated and economic incentives created for forest protection?

Greenpeace briefing on Commission forest package

Publication | October 15, 2008 at 0:00

On Wednesday 15 October 2008, the Commission will adopt a forest package which will include a communication on measures to reduce deforestation and its impacts on climate change and biodiversity loss, and a legislative proposal to prevent the...

Briefing on Commission illegal logging proposal

Publication | October 15, 2008 at 0:00

On Friday 17 October 2008, the European Commission will finally put forward a legislative proposal setting EU market rules for illegally harvested timber and timber products.

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