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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

 

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]

Greenpeace calls for urgent global action to save The Great Northern Forest

Press release | 7 December, 2016 at 12:24

Moscow, 7 December 2016 - As governments meet to discuss biodiversity, Greenpeace announced today a new global campaign to save the world’s largest terrestrial carbon store – the Great Northern Forest.

Deforestation in the Amazon on the rise again

Press release | 1 December, 2016 at 0:22

São Paulo, 30 November 2016 - Amazon deforestation increased 29 percent from the numbers released for last year, according to data released by the Brazilian government yesterday. Brazil is losing control over the destruction of its forests...

Greenpeace blockades palm oil trader IOI in Rotterdam

Press release | 27 September, 2016 at 6:28

Rotterdam, 27 September 2016 – Greenpeace activists closed off access for all imports and exports from palm oil trader IOI this morning in the harbour of Rotterdam, palm oil’s gateway into Europe. Palm oil from companies involved in forest...

100,300 deaths from Indonesia’s fires during 2015, new study estimates

Press release | 19 September, 2016 at 6:08

Jakarta, Indonesia, 19 September 2016 – A groundbreaking Harvard and Columbia university study estimates that 100,300 premature deaths resulted from last year’s devastating Indonesian forest fire crisis.

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