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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Rainforest a vital and sustainable 'supermarket' for local communities

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | November 22, 2009

After what she describes as two very emotional and intense weeks at the Climate Defenders Camp in Sumatra, Corinna Hölzel, Forest Campaigner from Germany has now left Indonesia. Corinna had intended to stay in the camp much longer but...

Greenpeace calls on Indonesian government to arrest forest destroyers instead of...

Feature story | November 20, 2009 at 7:00

Greenpeace today marched to the Indonesian Embassy to call on its government to carry the full extent of environmental law on companies that are destroying the carbon-rich peatlands of Indonesia’s Kampar Peninsula in Sumatra. The group, rallying...

Greenpeace today marched to the Indonesian

Image | November 20, 2009 at 7:00

Greenpeace today marched to the Indonesian Embassy to call on its government to fully shut down operations of paper giant Asia Pacific Resources International Holding Limited (APRIL) and other companies destroying the carbon-rich peatlands of...

Crackdown on deforestation - not on Climate Defenders

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | November 19, 2009

Greenpeace activists in the Philippines calls on Indonesian government to arrest forest destroyers instead of harassing climate defenders The struggle for zero-deforestation has spilled beyond Indonesia as Indonesian authorities...

Every cloud has a silver lining

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | November 19, 2009 1 comment

When both you and the journalists who are accompanying you start getting arrested and deported it's usually a sign that you're doing something right. At least that's the case if you work for an organisation that takes direct action...

More intimidation as Greenpeace activists, independent media and local community targeted

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | November 17, 2009

The 11 foreign activists who have been deported over the last few days. Indonesian authorities have ramped up Intimidation tactics against Greenpeace activists, independent media and local community members supporting our...

What happens when the good people do good - Part 3

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | November 17, 2009

From Sarah Burton, now in Jakarta: I have learned that in campaigning things can change overnight, of course, and in this campaign, I have learned that things can change two or three times overnight.  Here's what happened overnight. ...

What happens when the good people do good - Part 2

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | November 15, 2009

Sarah applauds the local communities for their efforts to protect their forests and thanks them for their support of Greenpeace. ©Ardiles Rante/Grenpeace Well, when I finished writing yesterday, I really thought that I would be...

Climate defenders to stay - Police reverse eviction order under pressure from communities

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | November 15, 2009

What an amazing day we have had here in Indonesia today... Community supporters arrived by the hundreds. ©Will Rose/Greenpeace In a surprising move, the chief of police of Pelalawan district has revoked yesterdays...

What happens when the good people do good

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | November 14, 2009

Here is an update from the Climate Defenders Camp in Indonesia, which is now being shutdown by the police. From Sarah Burton: Today I arrived in Pekanbaru, second largest city in Sumatra and a mere 4 1/2 hours away from the...

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