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Home to around two-thirds of all plant and animal species found on land — in addition to the millions of people who depend on them for survival — our remaining ancient forests are some of our most diverse ecosystems. They are also vitally important to the health of our planet, especially when it comes to regulating the climate.

 

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With so many of the world's forests already destroyed, we urgently need to protect what is left. Yet industry is still relentlessly converting forests into disposable products that end up in our shopping baskets - while pushing species to the brink of extinction, destroying the lives and livelihoods of forest communities and exacerbating global climate change. We need your help to protect what forests remain.

Our Motivation

Around the world, forests are being logged for timber and paper pulp and cleared to grow mono-crops like soy and palm oil while also deteriorating from impacts of global warming. Deforestation is a major driver of global warming, responsible for up to 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions–more than all the cars, trucks, planes, boats and trains in the world combined.

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Our vision

Solutions to deforestation exist. We're campaigning for zero deforestation globally by 2020.

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Our impact

Whether it's convincing Barbie to go for greener packaging or partnering with the music industry to promote responsible-sourced instruments, our supporters can fortunately celebrate several victories for the forests.

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Our current projects

Learn more about our current projects in forest protection.

The latest updates

 

Major Breakthrough in Protection for Indonesia's Remaining Rainforests

Media release | February 5, 2013 at 0:50

Jakarta, Indonesia, 5 February 2013 - Greenpeace hailed today’s commitment from Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) to end deforestation as a major breakthrough in efforts to save Indonesia’s rainforests, after a decade of public pressure and recent...

Undercover investigation exposes Asia Pulp & Paper’s illegal rainforest scandal

Media release | March 1, 2012 at 16:48

March 1st 2012 -- A year long Greenpeace investigation into the world’s third largest pulp and paper producer, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), has found that the company is systematically violating Indonesia’s laws protecting ramin, an internationally...

New Greenpeace report slams biomass industry claims

Media release | November 2, 2011 at 17:37

2 November 2011, Washington, DC: Using forest timber for heating, electricity generation or liquid ‘biofuel’ could severely harm forests and accelerate global warming, according to a new report from Greenpeace.

Court ruling offers lifeline to rare Alaskan wolf

Media release | August 3, 2011 at 14:32

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned four decisions by the US Forest Service to allow logging in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, the nation’s largest national forest. At issue was the assessment of deer habitat, the primary prey of...

Giant Indonesian palm oil company announces plan to halt forest destruction

Media release | February 9, 2011 at 12:52

Responding to news that the palm oil arm of Sinar Mas, Golden Agri-Resources, has announced a plan to halt the destruction of Indonesia’s forests previously caused by their operations, Bustar Maitar, head of Greenpeace’s campaign to protect...

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