A Sweet Victory: Nestle Releases Global Forest Protection Policy

A big "Thank You!" to the hundreds of thousands of you who supported our two-month Nestlé campaign by e-mailing and calling the company or by spreading the campaign message via your Facebook, Twitter and other social media profiles. This morning, Nestlé finally announced a break for the orang-utan — as well as Indonesian rainforests and peatlands — by committing to stop using products that come from rainforest destruction.

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 A Sweet Victory: Nestle Releases Global Forest Protection Policy

Forests Worldwide


Eight thousand years ago, large tracts of ancient forest covered almost half the Earth's land area. Today, only one-fifth of the original forests remain as large areas of ancient forest. The rest have been destroyed, degraded or fragmented by relentless human activity.

In the last 50 years, 20 percent of the world's ancient forests have been cleared. The primary causes of forest loss and degradation vary from region to region. They include agricultural expansion, mining, settlement, shifting agriculture, plantation establishment and infrastructural development.

World map of remaining intact forest landscapes



*This includes both damaged areas and intact forest areas smaller than 500 km2

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