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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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Give the Congo Basin forest a chance

Blog entry by Victorine Che Thoener | 13 October, 2017 1 comment

Approaching the forest in the Congo, I am met with an overwhelming wall of green. Flying over it, I see the meandering rivers merging together. I see animals drinking from the rivers, frolicking with joy in the water. Walking into the...

The many faces defending the Great Northern Forest

Blog entry by Ethan Gilbert | 6 October, 2017 1 comment

“Hi, would you like to have your photograph taken to help protect the Great Northern Forest?” Earlier this year, we  took to the streets to ask people this very question. Our dream is that the critical forest landscapes in this...

We shall not be moved

Blog entry by Marianna Hoszowska | 7 September, 2017 5 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...

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.

Why we leaked hundreds of pages of a secret trade deal that threatens our rights and...

Blog entry by Shira Stanton and Sebastian Bock | 23 June, 2017

Behind closed doors and countless documents, details of a proposed deal between two of the world’s largest economies are being kept from us. Until now. Chances are that the planned trade deal between the European Union and Japan...

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