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

 

Chevron's Amazon Chernobyl Case moves to Canada

Blog entry by Rex Weyler | 15 September, 2017 2 comments

After perpetrating what is probably the worst oil-related catastrophe on Earth - a 20,000 hectare death zone in Ecuador, known as the “Amazon Chernobyl” - the Chevron Corporation has spent two decades and over a billion dollars trying...

We shall not be moved

Blog entry by Marianna Hoszowska | 7 September, 2017 3 comments

This week, a courageous group of activists from across Europe are joining Greenpeace Poland to stop illegal logging in the ancient Białowieża  Forest. Dozens of people have been chaining themselves to trees and logging machinery to...

Glimmer of hope for the orangutan as palm oil company bows to peat forest pressure

Blog entry by Juliet Perry | 31 August, 2017

For the first time ever, a palm oil company has been forced to restore rainforest and peatland in order to continue supplying the global market.  Under pressure from customers and civil society, Malaysian palm oil company FGV has...

Greenpeace protesters stop illegal logging in Poland’s Białowieża Forest

Press release | 29 August, 2017 at 16:41

Warsaw, 29 August 2017 - Peaceful activists from 12 European countries, brought together by Greenpeace Poland, have put themselves in the way of state-run logging machinery which is violating a July 27th EU Court of Justice interim ban on logging...

The world is on fire

Blog entry by Konstantin Fomin | 14 August, 2017 9 comments

A huge wildfire is raging in Greenland. 150 km from the Arctic Circle and just 50 km away from Greenland's ice sheet, large swathes of tundra have been burning for over a week . Nobody has seen anything like this in recent times.

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