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 volunteers from the environment

Image | October 24, 2009 at 7:00

Greenpeace volunteers from the environment organization made their way at venue of the ASEAN Summit, pushing a gigantic “earth ball” with the message “ASEAN leaders: U turn the Earth" to challenge the ASEAN to push the world in the right...

ASEAN: Get serious about climate threat!

Feature story | October 24, 2009 at 6:00

Greenpeace today challenged ASEAN leaders to demonstrate collective leadership to protect Southeast Asia’s 850 million people from the debilitating impacts of climate change by committing to zero deforestation and low carbon development, and to...

Sending out an SOS

Blog entry by Chuck Baclagon | October 1, 2009

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Five Thai children hold little elephant "piggy

Image | September 28, 2009 at 7:00

Five Thai children hold little elephant "piggy banks" containing "small change for the climate" which will be handed over to Yvo de Boer, the UN's top climate official, at the start of the latest round of climate negotiations in Bangkok. The...

Five Thai children hold little elephant "piggy

Image | September 28, 2009 at 7:00

Five Thai children hold little elephant "piggy banks" containing "small change for the climate" which will be handed over to Yvo de Boer, the UN's top climate official, at the start of the latest round of climate negotiations in Bangkok. The...

A Thai child holds an elephant "piggy bank"

Image | September 28, 2009 at 7:00

A Thai child holds an elephant "piggy bank" containing "small change for the climate." The child is one of five Thai children to hand the "piggy bank" to Yvo de Boer, the UN's top climate official, at the start of the latest round of climate...

Five Thai children hand little elephant "piggy

Image | September 28, 2009 at 7:00

Five Thai children hand little elephant "piggy banks" containing "small change for the climate" to Yvo de Boer, the UN's top climate official, at the start of the latest round of climate negotiations in Bangkok. The event was the final step in...

Five Thai children hand little elephant "piggy

Image | September 28, 2009 at 7:00

Five Thai children hand little elephant "piggy banks" containing "small change for the climate" to Yvo de Boer, the UN's top climate official, at the start of the latest round of climate negotiations in Bangkok. The event was the final step in...

Five Thai children hand little elephant “piggy

Image | September 28, 2009 at 7:00

Five Thai children hand little elephant “piggy banks” containing “small change for the climate” to Yvo De Boer, the UN’s top climate official, at the start of the lastest round of climate negotiations in Bangkok. The event was the final step in...

70 days to Copenhagen: time is running out for the climate and our children’s future

Feature story | September 28, 2009 at 6:00

After a disastrous week for the climate in New York and Pittsburgh, five Thai children today made a direct appeal for their future to Yvo De Boer, the UN’s top climate official, at the start of the latest round of climate negotiations in Bangkok.

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