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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A mahout elder performs a Pa

Image | September 12, 2009 at 7:00

A mahout elder performs a Pa-Kam ritual, a traditional ceremony to call on mahout ancestors for for good luck and safety before an elephant journey, at the launch of the Greenpeace-led Chang(e) Caravan in an elephant (chang in Thai) conservation...

School children watch during an an educational

Image | September 12, 2009 at 7:00

School children watch during an an educational talk to raise awareness on elephant conservation conducted by the Thai Elephants Research and Conservation Fund (TERF) during the launch of the Greenpeace-led Chang(e) Caravan in an elephant...

School children watch during an an educational

Image | September 12, 2009 at 7:00

School children watch during an an educational talk to raise awareness on elephant conservation conducted by the Thai Elephants Research and Conservation Fund (TERF) during the launch of the Greenpeace-led Chang(e) Caravan in an elephant...

School children watch during an an educational

Image | September 12, 2009 at 7:00

School children watch during an an educational talk to raise awareness on elephant conservation conducted by the Thai Elephants Research and Conservation Fund (TERF) during the launch of the Greenpeace-led Chang(e) Caravan in an elephant...

A mahout elder performs a Pa

Image | September 12, 2009 at 7:00

A mahout elder performs a Pa-Kam ritual, a traditional ceremony to call on mahout ancestors for for good luck and safety before an elephant journey, at the launch of the Greenpeace-led Chang(e) Caravan in an elephant (chang in Thai) conservation...

A portrait of a mahout elder taken during

Image | September 12, 2009 at 7:00

A portrait of a mahout elder taken during the launch of the Greenpeace-led Chang(e) Caravan in an elephant (chang in Thai) conservation centre at the outskirts of Khao Yai National Park, about 200 kilometers North of Bangkok. The Chang(e)...

Mahout elders perform a Pa

Image | September 12, 2009 at 7:00

Mahout elders perform a Pa-Kam ritual, a traditional ceremony to call on mahout ancestors for good luck and safety before an elephant journey, at the launch of the Greenpeace-led Chang(e) Caravan in an elephant conservation centre at the...

Mahout elders perform a Pa

Image | September 12, 2009 at 7:00

Mahout elders perform a Pa-Kam ritual, a traditional ceremony to call on mahout ancestors for good luck and safety before an elephant journey, at the launch of the Greenpeace-led Chang(e) Caravan in an elephant conservation centre at the...

Suthikiat Sophanik

Image | September 12, 2009 at 7:00

Suthikiat Sophanik, head of the General Chatchai Choonhavan, talks before an audience at the launch of the Greenpeace-led Chang(e) Caravan in an elephant (chang in Thai) conservation centre at the outskirts of Khao Yai National Park, about 200...

Von Hernandez

Image | September 12, 2009 at 7:00

Von Hernandez, Executive Director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia, talks before an audience at the launch of the Greenpeace-led Chang(e) Caravan in an elephant (chang in Thai) conservation centre at the outskirts of Khao Yai National Park, about 200...

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