Greenpeace lauds historic new pact to save Canada’s Boreal Forest

Greenpeace today joined eight other environmental groups and forest companies in the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC)* to announce the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, a historic pact that will lead to large-scale protection of wilderness areas in Canada’s Boreal Forest, protection of threatened woodland caribou, and significantly higher environmental standards for forest management.

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Greenpeace lauds historic new pact to save Canada’s Boreal Forest

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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View from the Ship

Feature story | October 27, 2003 at 18:00

How does it feel to be on a Greenpeace ship miles off the coast, unable to dock, with helicopters buzzing overhead and Coast Guard boats circling? Find out from the crew members on board.

Department of Interior Receives Special Delivery

Feature story | October 22, 2003 at 18:00

In preparation for the U.S. Senate vote on H.R. 1904, the legislative equivalent of President Bush's so-called "Healthy Forest Initiative (HFI)," activists in Washington, D.C. delivered a 6-foot-diameter slab cut from the stump of a logged...

Our Role in Stopping the Illegal Brazilian Mahogany Trade

Feature story | October 14, 2003 at 18:00

In October 2001, Paulo Adario, Greenpeace's Amazon Forest Coordinator, began receiving death threats. These threats were so serious that Brazilian authorities decided to provide him with around the clock protection. What led to this extraordinary...

Calling for President Bush's Arrest for Forest Crimes

Feature story | August 20, 2003 at 18:00

Activists cordoned off the U.S. Forest Service Headquarters and called for Bush's arrest for forest crimes one day before the President's visit to Portland.

Liberia's Rainforest: Conflict and Conservation

Feature story | July 27, 2003 at 18:00

Liberia houses two-thirds of the Upper Guinean Rainforest, which has been classified as a biodiversity hotspot by global conservation groups. A biodiversity hotspot is a region that is rich in species that are native, both fauna and flora, and...

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