Forests - solutions

Protecting forests will not only preserve biodiversity and defend the rights of forest communities, it's also one of the quickest and cost effective ways of halting climate change. Greenpeace is campaigning for zero deforestation, globally, by 2020.

Greenpeace is campaigning for a future that will allow our forests to thrive - filled with unique wildlife and able to sustain local people and economies whilst cleaning the air of carbon: a future with no deforestation.

This may be ambitious, but it is possible. In fact, because stopping forest destruction is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to prevent catastrophic climate change, we think it's essential.

To protect these precious ecosystems, the international community, corporations, indigenous communities and individuals will need to work together in an unprecedented, concerted effort. Greenpeace is campaigning to realise this vision in several ways:

Corporate action

If corporations have the ability to destroy the world's forests, they also have the power to help save them. We investigate, expose and confront environmental abuse by corporations around the world, and ask our supporters to take action for the planet. As a result, many multinational corporations have changed their practices - but there is still a long way to go to protect the world's forests.

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Consumer power

The conversion of irreplaceable forests into consumer products like tissues, books, paper and ingredients food and toothpaste is one of the great environmental crimes of our time. But, in the battle to protect our forests, consumers have the power. Don't believe us? Just ask Unilever, Nestle, McDonald's and Kraft, all of whom changed their sourcing policies after our supporters piled on the pressure.

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Political solutions

Greenpeace is campaigning for a meaningful, international mechanism to help end forest destruction globally known as REDD (reduced emissions from degradation and deforestation). If it is done well, REDD could benefit biodiversity, humanity, and the climate. Yet some governments and industries are lobbying hard to undermine REDD - or unfairly profit from it - and many forest communities are being left out of discussions that will directly affect their lives.

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Forest communities

Greenpeace works with indigenous communities around the world at the front line of forest destruction - supporting the demarcatation of traditional boundaries and eco-forestry initiatives, and offering a global platform through which these communities can address the rest of the world. Why? We believe that if these communities are able to keep control of their forests, they will protect their resources for the future, and the planet. 

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The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

Ecological and socially responsible forest management can, and is, being practised by some companies. This kind of forest management seeks to ensure that the forest ecosystem is not damaged, that only low volumes of trees are extracted, and that the impacts on plant and animal life are minimal. The FSC, an international, non-profit association, was created in 1993 so that corporate buyers and the public can identify products that come from responsibly managed forests.

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The latest updates

 

Brazilian slaughterhouses take step in the right direction

Blog entry by Richard George | December 17, 2013

The three biggest slaughterhouses in Brazil have taken one more step towards ending the cattle sector’s involvement in deforestation in the Amazon - and with deforestation on the rise , that can’t come soon enough. Four years ago,...

Can deforestation affect global weather patterns?

Blog entry by Dr. Janet Cotter | December 17, 2013

Forests, like other ecosystems, provide ‘ecosystem services’. These are services people need (such as pollination and flood control) and use, but often don’t realise we depend on. They provide us with essential services like the ...

Africa's primates under threat from palm oil expansion

Blog entry by Irene Wabiwa | December 16, 2013

Rumours that the Cameroonian government was on the verge of signing a land lease agreement with Herakles Farms have been swirling for over a year. In November these fears were realised as the government announced that the land lease...

FSC suspends three of Resolute's certificates

Blog entry by Grant Rosoman | December 12, 2013

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) was created in 1993 to allow companies and the public to identify products coming from responsibly managed forests. In order to protect the world’s last remaining intact forests, consumers and...

There are no trees in the Arctic

Blog entry by Sebastian Bock | December 10, 2013

Well, some people will say, there certainly are trees in the Arctic region. So maybe the title should say that there are no trees at the North Pole. But what have trees to do with Greenpeace’s campaign to stop reckless drilling for...

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