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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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Defining deforestation. And why General Mills should do it.

Blog entry by Joao Talocchi | March 22, 2014

General Mills announced a revised palm oil sourcing policy last Friday, joining the growing movement of companies that have taken steps to clean their supply chains from deforestation. Meanwhile, Procter & Gamble is still lagging...

4 reasons we all should #StandForForests

Blog entry by Greg Norman | March 21, 2014 2 comments

We cannot sustain life without healthy, thriving forests. That is why Greenpeace campaigns for their protection and on this International Day of Forests, we want to share with you a few reasons why you should help. 1. 300 million...

International Day of Forests 2014

Slideshow | March 20, 2014

Why trees need to stand together

Blog entry by Dr. Janet Cotter | March 12, 2014

Tropical forests are home to more species than nearly any other ecosystem on the planet, but increasingly this biodiversity is threatened. When forest is cleared, there is a reduction in forest area, which affects biodiversity. ...

Mars and P&G: one just took deforestation seriously, and the other didn’t

Blog entry by Areeba Hamid | March 10, 2014 4 comments

Here’s how two different corporations respond to a consumers’ very real and very serious concerns… One makes a clear promise with ambitious time lines; the other continues as if it’s business as usual. This is the difference between...

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