Learn more about our priority protection projects in regions we feel are in most danger and are most critical to the health of our planet.


Indonesia is not only home to diverse species of plants and animals including the endangered Sumatran tiger of which there are only 400 remaining, but its carbon-rich peatlands are also critical to millions of Indonesians. Read more about our work to protect rainforests in Indonesia.





The Amazon forest is home to more wildlife than anywhere else on Earth in addition to 20 million people. Storing up to 120 billion tons of carbon, it is also criticial to regulating our climate. We're working to towards a goal of zero deforestation in the Amazon by 2015 by working with industry and protective forests code. Find out more about our work in the vibrant Amazon region.




Congo Basin 

The vast forest of the Congo Basin is the second largest tropical rainforest on earth and the lungs of Africa. Its ecosystem provides food, fresh water, shelter and medicine for millions of people, and is home to many critically endangered species including elephants, gorillas, bonobos and okapis. International palm oil plantations have unfortunately set their sights on this vulnerable region, and we're working hard to expose the danger of this kind of reckless development. Read more.


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The Amazon's Major Threat: Illegal Logging

Publication | December 31, 2000 at 18:00

Illegal logging continues to be one of the greatest threats to the Amazon - an incredible natural treasure.

Mahogany - The "Green Gold" of Amazon Destruction

Publication | December 31, 2000 at 18:00

Over the past 30 years, 15 percent of the Brazilian Amazon has been destroyed. Brazilian mahogany, the "Green Gold" makes the destruction of the Amazon possible by opening the doors to destructive logging and development.

Greenpeace Forest Views: Winter 2001

Publication | December 31, 2000 at 18:00

A newsletter for customers and investors of Candadian logging companies.

The Ecological Importance of the Amazon

Feature story | December 31, 2000 at 18:00

The Amazon Basin is the largest reservoir of fresh water on the planet and about one fifth of all running water on the planet flows through the Amazon. The Amazon River is 6,868 km / 4000 miles long, the same distance that separates New York from...

Pulp Fiction - genetically engineered trees

Publication | November 1, 2000 at 18:00

Planting genetically engineered (GE) trees poses potentially devastating environmental risks.

Spotlight on the Illegal Timber Trade: Cameroon

Publication | May 31, 2000 at 18:00

The remaining large ancient forests of West Africa are under threat. Nigeria, Ghana and Ivory Coast have already lost almost all of their natural forest. Liberia is the only west African country where large areas of ancient forest remain. But...

Illegal logging in Cameroon

Publication | February 29, 2000 at 18:00

Cameroon is the number one tropical timber exporter in Africa. Less than 20 percent of Cameroon's unprotected forests remain free from logging development.

Amazon Tour: Find Out About the Region from Crew Members Aboard the Amazon Guardian

Feature story | January 31, 2000 at 18:00

In February 2001, Guardian embarked on a four-month tour through the various rivers of the Amazonas and Para States to denounce illegal logging in this Amazon region. "The Amazon Guardian will broaden our capability to investigate and collect...

Turning up the heat - Executive summary

Image | January 6, 2000 at 18:00

Turning up the heat - Executive summary

Illegal Forest Felling Activities in Russia (PDF)

Publication | January 2, 2000 at 18:00

Although Russia has some of the most sophisticated systems for regulating the forest industry, logging importers are still in business with the illegal logging trade.

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Our dedicated forests team has identified priority protection projects, regions we feel are in most danger and are most critical to the health of our planet.