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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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International Day of Forests 2015

Slideshow | 21 March, 2015

Dam Construction Action in Sumatra

Image | 10 November, 2014 at 13:00

Greenpeace activists and local volunteers complete the construction of a dam to halt drainage on the peatland canals as part of their "Climate Defender Camp" at Kampar Peninsula and display a banner reading “Climate Change Stops Here”. The Camp...

Protest Against Illegal Timber in Brazil

Image | 16 May, 2014 at 15:20

Greenpeace Brazil activists protest at the Pampa sawmill nearby the Para state capital, Belem, which has been associated with illegalities in the timber sector and linked with the US timber market. A two year Greenpeace investigation into the...

Procter & Gamble Protest in Philippines

Image | 28 March, 2014 at 16:11

Greenpeace Philippines activists dressed as Sumatran tigers set up camp outside a Procter & Gamble (P&G) facility in Cabuyao, Laguna, South of Manila. The protesting tigers installed tree stumps and tents to show how P&G has wiped out their...

Banner At The Essar Mumbai

Image | 22 January, 2014 at 17:57

Greenpeace India activists unfurl a giant 36x72 foot banner reading: ‘We kill forests', from Essar’s building in Mumbai. Indian Energy giant Essar have announced their intention to mine another area of pristine forest in Mahan, Madhya Pradesh,...

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