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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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Choosing Amazon protection over greed, for now

Blog entry by Daniela Montalto | January 31, 2014 3 comments

We didn't know which way the axe would swing today, so to speak, regarding the extension of a landmark agreement about soya cultivation in the Amazon. And fortunately, it wasn’t the rainforest that got hit. Neither did the soya traders...

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Time to stop the harassment of Cameroon’s NGOs

Blog entry by Karine Jacquemart | January 30, 2014

By now everyone will doubtless be aware of the Arctic 30 and the conditions they were forced to endure for more than three months in Russia, for the simple “crime” of daring to point out one company’s reckless policy in the Arctic. ...

How L’Oreal committed to the ultimate makeover

Blog entry by Areeba Hamid | January 30, 2014 12 comments

The world’s largest beauty and cosmetics company, L’Oreal, has made a landmark promise to remove forest destruction from the products they sell. "Because I'm Worth It" is a catchy slogan coined 40 years ago by the French cosmetics...

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