Greenpeace has been present in Southeast Asia since 2000. Southeast Asia's forests, mountains, rivers and oceans are home to millions of people and thousands of species of trees, plants, birds and mammals. But today, much of these flora and fauna are under threat from climate change, deforestation, pollution and unsustainable industrialized agriculture. Southeast Asia's rapid industrialization and economic success has come at a heavy price.
Through its campaigns, Greenpeace aims to protect the region from further ecological ruin and to serve as a beacon of awareness and action in the interest of environmental protection and sustainable development.
Greenpeace has led successful campaigns in the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia, inculding preventing the entry of hazardous waste imports and radioactive shipments, campaigning against destructive logging, stopping polluting technologies such as waste incinerators and coal power plants, promoting sustainable agriculture, renewable energy and necessary solutions to key environmental problems.
In the Philippines Greenpeace has directly helped bring about positive environmental by playing an instrumental role in the passage of landmark laws such as:
The Republic Act No. 8749, otherwise known as "The Philippine clean Air Act of 1999" which includes an unprecedented national ban against waste incineration.
The Philippine Ecological Waste Management Act which mandates the implementation of front-end strategies, namely waste reduction, separation and recycling to solve the country’s waste crisis.
The Renewable Energy Law which is intended to accelerate the development and utilization of renewable energy sources in the country.
As well as paving the way for the declaration of genetically-modified organism (GMO)-Free zones in Mindoro, Negros and the iconic Philippine Rice Terraces in Ifugao Province, a UNESCO Living Cultural Heritage site.
Greenpeace contributed significantly to the development and launching of the the Green Renewable Independent Power Producer, Inc. (GRIPP) eJeepney project in 2007. The eJeepney is part of an innovative project meant to reduce the use of fossil fuels to help mitigate climate change and address urban problems such as air pollution and waste management.
Greenpeace Southeast Asia's Mission Statement:
"Safeguard environmental rights, expose and stop environmental crimes, advance clean development."