Rubber tapper in Jurua Extractive Reserve, Amazon, Brazil.

Few can dispute the irreplaceable damage caused to forests from illegal and destructive logging around the world, but what can be done to effectively address the problem and reverse the increasing trend of ancient forest destruction? Greenpeace believes that individual and corporate consumers have the right and responsibility to buy wood and wood-based products which do not contribute to environmental and social degradation. Replacements already exist for virtually every form of wood product from ancient forests, from building construction to product packaging.

Non wood alternatives to ancient forest destruction. The economic value of a forest extends far beyond the value of its timber. Traditionally, indigenous peoples have harvested a wide variety of produce from the forest without having to destroy its ecosystem. Rubber, fibres, fruits, seeds, flowers, nuts and honey are just some of the many examples of non-timber forest products.

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Schoolchildren walked with the Greenpeace

Image | September 26, 2009 at 7:00

Schoolchildren walked with the Greenpeace-led Chang(e) Caravan during an educational activity about elephants, biodiversity, forests and climate change in Ancient Siam, Samutprakan Province, around 30 kilometers south of Bangkok The Caravan, now...

A house lies abandoned in the coast of Klong

Image | September 26, 2009 at 7:00

A house lies abandoned in the coast of Klong Dan, Samutprakan province, 30 kilometers south of Bangkok, where coastal erosion has already washed away parts of the town, in this photo taken on September 7 and released today by Greenpeace.

Local children play beside a house which

Image | September 26, 2009 at 7:00

Local children play beside a house which lies abandoned in the coast of Klong Dan, Samutprakan province, 30 kilometers south of Bangkok, where coastal erosion has already washed away parts of the town, in this photo taken on September 7 and...

Elephants from the Greenpeace

Image | September 24, 2009 at 7:00

Elephants from the Greenpeace-led Chang(e) Caravan rest on the road in Chacheongsao, on the 12th day of the Caravan into Bangpakong district where the group will later hold focus group discussions with community representatives on climate change...

Greenpeace activists and elephants walk through

Image | September 24, 2009 at 7:00

Greenpeace activists and elephants walk through Chacheongsao, on the 12th day of the Chang(e) Caravan into Bangpakong district where the group will later hold focus group discussions with community representatives on climate change effects on...

Greenpeace activists and elephants walk through

Image | September 24, 2009 at 7:00

Greenpeace activists and elephants walk through the rice fields of Chacheongsao, on the 12th day of the Chang(e) Caravan into Bangpakong district where the group will later hold focus group discussions with community representatives on climate...

Thailand’s rice-bowl under severe threat from climate change

Feature story | September 21, 2009 at 6:00

Greenpeace today called upon world leaders gathered in New York for a United Nations summit on climate change to set aside short sighted political self interest and to expedite climate action by making available 140 billion USD annually, to...

Washington, we have a problem.

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | September 15, 2009 3 comments

Xiaowei, a Chinese rock-star, Tshepo, an African activist and Shane, an American-Indian student are part of the small Greenpeace team of Thai and Filipino staff and volunteers, that walked the entire distance of 12 kms with the...

Elephants for chang[e]

Feature story | September 14, 2009 at 6:00

Greenpeace embarked on an extraordinary 15-day journey with five elephants, to call upon world leaders, and Barack Obama in particular, to demonstrate audacious leadership and take immediate action to avert climate chaos. We all know that...

A child holds a windmill symbolizing renewable

Image | September 12, 2009 at 7:00

A child holds a windmill symbolizing renewable energy during the launch of the Greenpeace-led Chang(e) Caravan in an elephant conservation center at the outskirts of Khao Yai National Park, about 200 kilometers from Bangkok. The 15-day journey...

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