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Forests - Europe

The Last Ancient Forests of Europe combine Europe's few remaining tracts of ancient forest in Scandinavia with the adjoining forest of European Russia (from the western flanks of the Ural mountains). These boreal forests represent Europe's last remaining intact ancient forest.

A reindeer in the Lappi reinder herding co-operative in Finland.

These forests have ensured the survival of numerous plant and animal species, including bears, flying squirrels and the highly endangered eagle owl.

These ancient boreal forests are also home to tens of thousands of indigenous peoples.

Living forests form a central part of Saami culture. Old growth forests are of crucial importance for reindeer herding and should not be logged for pulp mills under any circumstances. In the Saami culture we have been taught to respect forests ever since our childhood.

Pekka Aikio, President of the Saami Parliament, Finland.

The reindeer-herding Saami live in northern parts of Sweden, Finland and Norway as well as the Murmansk region of Russia.

The forests also support the traditional cultures of the Komi and Nenets (or Samoyeds) who inhabit the Arkhangelsk Region and Komi Republic of European Russia.

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1.4 million Brazilians just stood up for Zero Deforestation

Blog entry by Maïa Booker | 20 October, 2015 3 comments

It was an historic moment. After three years of campaigning, a coalition of activists, celebrities and civil society representatives crowded into the Brazilian Congress last week. They were there to submit a bill calling for an end to...

Cocoa, community and the forest

Feature story | 14 October, 2015 at 10:30

How can the increasing demand for cocoa help protect forests and improve the lives of farming communities around the world?

The generation living under Indonesia's deadly forest fires

Blog entry by Zamzami | 7 October, 2015 1 comment

The impacts of Indonesia’s forest fires are being felt most amongst Indonesia’s young, turning them into the “haze generation”. I flew from Jakarta and landed in the city of Pontianak, the capital of West Kalimantan, in...

The Amazon’s Tapajos Basin is in danger

Blog entry by Maïa Booker | 30 September, 2015 2 comments

The Brazilian government is currently gearing up to build dozens of energy-producing megadams in the Amazon. São Luiz do Tapajos will be one of the largest – second only to Belo Monte. If it is built, it will devastate the rich...

“My land is not for sale.” One First Nation’s fight to save ancestral forest

Blog entry by Marie Moucarry | 24 September, 2015 3 comments

The Broadback Valley is one of the last intact forests in Quebec, Canada. For hundreds of kilometres, there’s not a road, not a clearcut, not a mine, not a power line, not a pipeline…just pure wilderness. And without protection,...

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