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

 

Who will feed the world? - Real causes and real solutions to the so-called global...

Publication | July 3, 2008 at 0:00

Millions of people around the world are suffering food shortages, unaffordable food prices and hunger. This is due to a number of factors: industrial farming, bad harvests related to climate change, unjust distribution of food, rising oil prices,...

Briefing on the Commission proposal against illegally harvested timber

Publication | July 2, 2008 at 0:00

Last October, the European Commission (EC) announced the preparation of a forest package which would include measures to reduce deforestation and a legislative proposal to prevent the marketing of illegally harvested timber and timber products...

A Future for Forests

Publication | March 17, 2008 at 0:00

Amazon case study: Action that must be taken to halt deforestation and illegal logging, preserving both forests and climate.

‘Could Try Harder’: A mid-term report on the European Commission’s environmental record

Publication | April 27, 2007 at 0:00

A review produced by the Green 10, a group of leading environmental NGOs active at EU level

Carving up the Congo - Executive Summary

Publication | April 11, 2007 at 0:00

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