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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Greenpeace ends 27 hour dramatic non violent direct action in Riau

Feature story | November 26, 2009 at 7:00

Greenpeace today ended a 26-hour dramatic non-violent direct action at the loading facility of Sinar Mas subsidiary Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) owned pulp and paper mill. Sinar Mas has been tagged by the group as a leading forest and climate...

Greenpeace activists hang a banner reading

Image | November 26, 2009 at 7:00

Greenpeace activists hang a banner reading "Climate Crime" from the top of a loading crane in the port of a major pulp mill facility in Riau Province, Sumatra, Indonesia.

Our Climate Defenders are at it again - Pulp exports halted at climate change's...

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | November 25, 2009

The climate can’t wait, the remaining Indonesian forest can’t wait, and today Greenpeace sent a strong message to world leaders by blocking the Asia Pulp & Paper mill in the heart of the Indonesian forest. This mill is a massive...

Climate destroyer shut down by activists in Indonesian rainforest ahead of...

Feature story | November 25, 2009 at 7:00

With just 12 days before the critical UN Copenhagen Climate Summit, we are taking direct action again today - blocking one of the world's largest pulp mills, in the heart of Indonesia's rainforests. The export facilities have been shutdown by our...

12 Days left to avert climate chaos

Feature story | November 25, 2009 at 7:00

Twelve days before the critical UN Copenhagen Climate Summit, today Greenpeace activists shut down the export facilities of a major pulp mill operated by Sinar Mas owned pulp and paper company APP in the heart of Indonesia's rainforests. Sinar...

A Good Treaty for Forests at Copenhagen

Publication | November 25, 2009 at 8:00

Tropical forest destruction is responsible for about a fifth of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – more than emission from all the world’s cars, planes, and trains put together. Consequently, stopping forest destruction is one of the...

Success at Climate Defenders Camp

Feature story | November 24, 2009 at 7:00

Our activists at the Climate Defenders Camp in Indonesia have had an tough time lately. Many of them have been arrested, interrogated and deported - along with independent journalists. At one point police even tried to shut down the entire camp.

Climate change stops here - Dam mission completed

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | November 23, 2009

A few days ago, Swiss Forest Campaigner Asti described her first impressions of the camp. Since arriving she has been busy helping the local community finish a dam that will help preserve the precious peatland and help save the climate...

Ready for the crocodiles

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | November 22, 2009

From Asti, Forest Campaigner from Switzerland, who has finally arrived at the camp: There is a big buzz in the Climate Defenders Camp this afternoon. With at least 400 local visitors, including loads of children, and plenty of...

The community takes the lead as activists return to the camp

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | November 22, 2009

From Ashish, a Campaigner from India, who has finally arrived at the camp: We got into the Climate Defenders Camp late Friday night, the yellow Greenpeace banner emerging out of the night as our boat crossed the river from Teluk...

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