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

 

Lawless: How Europe's borders remain open to trade in illegal timber

Publication | October 1, 2006 at 0:00

Factfile on the role Member States of the European Union (EU) play in fuelling the international demand for timber products from illegal and destructive logging.

Rimbunan Hijau Group: Thirty Years of Forest Plunder

Publication | September 1, 2006 at 0:00

Developed countries, in their search for ever cheaper timber products are fuelling the drive for cheap timber and thus provide the financial incentive for robber barons to continue their destruction across the world’s last ancient forests.

FLEGT Briefing

Publication | April 1, 2005 at 0:00

Critical views and political recommendations on the FLEGT licensing scheme and partnership agreements.

Legal Opinion on Illegal Logging in Europe

Publication | April 1, 2004 at 0:00

Summary of a legal opinion on new legislation to make it illegal to import illegally sourced timber in Europe and the WTO.

"Facing Reality: how to stop the import of illegal timber in Europe"

Publication | April 1, 2004 at 0:00

A Greenpeace report with WWF and FERN. It includes comments on the European FLEGT Action Plan and recommendations on how the EU can tackle illegal and destructive logging and its associated trade.

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