Protecting forests

With the vast majority of the world's forests already destroyed or degraded, Greenpeace is deeply committed to protecting what is left. Our experience of years working in the biggest forest regions of the world has positioned us well to push for the ambitious targets required to deliver forest protection at the speed and scale needed. Thanks to years of campaigning, governments and some companies have finally caught up to these goals and signed agreements aiming to stop deforestation once and for all.

We know, however, that these goals will only be fulfilled with continuous public pressure on government and business to ensure that immediate and concrete implementation is happening on the ground. That is why -- for the benefit of the world's forests - their peoples, biodiversity, carbon stock and other ecological values - and honoring the rights of Indigenous Peoples and other local communities living in forested landscapes, Greenpeace will work as part of a broader global movement to deliver the following goals:

1. Halt deforestation globally by 2020 (in line with UN Sustainable Development target 15.2)

2. Massively reduce forest degradation globally (prioritizing intact forest landscapes)

3. Restore 500 million hectares of native forests by 2030 (exceeding the CBD Aichi target 15 and the New York Declaration of Forests)

Our actions to protect and restore forests aim to make a decisive contribution to the Paris Climate agreement goal to keep global temperature change below a 1.5°C change, complementing efforts to phase-out fossil fuel emissions by 2050.

Pursuing these ambitious goals will require a fundamental mindset shift: from perceiving forests as a limitless resource to recognizing forests as a precious, finite network of life.

The latest updates

 

Revealed: HSBC is funding forest destruction

Blog entry by Annisa Rahmawati | 17 January, 2017 1 comment

Today we’ve let the cat out of the bag that HSBC - one of the biggest banks in the world - is funding destructive palm oil companies. Now its customers are waking up to the news that the bank card in their pocket is linked to the...

HSBC exposed as the banker behind Indonesia’s deforestation crisis

Press release | 17 January, 2017 at 1:00

Jakarta, 17 January, 2017 - Greenpeace International exposed in a new report today how HSBC, Europe’s largest bank, loaned hundreds of millions of US dollars to some of the most destructive palm oil companies in Indonesia. [1]

Dirty Bankers

Publication | 17 January, 2017 at 1:00

HSBC, headquartered in the UK, is currently one of the largest providers of financial services to the palm oil industry. HSBC has detailed policies on forestry and agricultural commodities (including specific sections on palm oil). It claims...

"Our forest is shedding tears" — a Munduruku woman fights for Indigenous rights

Blog entry by Vânia Alves | 13 December, 2016

On November 27, the Munduruku Indigenous People traveled from their home in the Amazon to Brazil’s capital to demand the official recognition of the Sawré Muybu Indigenous Land on the Tapajós River. The Brazilian government is planning...

Too long to wait: Russia’s Dvinsky Forest could be lost in a decade

Blog entry by Erika Bjureby | 12 December, 2016

Home to eagle-owls, wolverines, brown bears, rare plants and animals, the Dvinsky Forest is one of the last remaining Intact Forest Landcapes in the European part of Russia. Intact Forest Landscapes (IFL) in Russia are huge...

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