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

 

NGOs call for debate on how to put science at the heart of EU politics

Press release | August 19, 2014 at 8:30

Brussels - Scientific advice should be transparent, objective and independent, and there should be more science and more diverse expertise available to the European Commission’s President, a coalition of 28 international and national NGOs wrote...

Commission scorecard shows Europe is still a market for illegal timber

Press release | July 31, 2014 at 11:40

Brussels - Four years after its adoption, the European law banning illegal timber (EUTR) is not yet fully implemented in nearly half of EU countries, according to a Commission assessment published yesterday [1].

EU-Indonesia timber agreement signals welcome step towards zero deforestation

Press release | February 27, 2014 at 13:30

Brussels/Strasbourg –The European Parliament today ratified an agreement between the EU and Indonesia to help stem illegal timber trade, but warned in an accompanying resolution that more action will be needed to secure the agreement’s successful...

Germany seizes Congolese wood in strongest EU action yet against illegal timber trade

Press release | November 27, 2013 at 11:00

Brussels/Berlin/Kinshasa – German authorities have seized two batches of illegal timber from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The seizure is the strongest case of enforcement of an EU law banning the trade in illegally sourced timber which...

Greenpeace statement on Indonesia-EU timber agreement

Press release | September 30, 2013 at 12:45

Brussels, 30 September 2013 - The Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) timber trade agreement is being signed in Brussels today between Indonesia and the European Union (EU).

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