In pictures: Fantastic Forests, celebrate Terrific Trees on International Day of Forests
This year’s global celebration’s theme is “Forests and Climate Change”. The International Day of Forests raises awareness about the alarming rate of deforestation, which not only accounts for 12 to 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions through forest fires, but also threatens the livelihood of Indigenous Peoples.
We have been campaigning against deforestation for decades, most recently we have been putting pressure on banks like HSBC to stop funding Indonesia’s rainforest destruction.
Together with the Munduruku Indigenous people, Greenpeace also fights against the construction of mega hydrodams in the Amazon.
These pictures illustrate the wonderful biodiversity of forests worldwide, as well as the threats they face.
Two baby orangutans Madara and Syahrini playing on the ground at Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation in Indonesia. Madara was saved by a civil servant from a trader on November 2, 2014, in Madara village, South Barito. Syahrini was born on October, 31, 2013, in Nyaru Menteng rehabilitation center from a mother orangutan Suja that was repatriated from Thailand.
© Bjorn Vaugn / BOSF / Greenpeace 2013
Ancient forest in Papua. Greenpeace is calling for an immediate moratorium on all forest conversion in Indonesia to help curb the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard the wealth of tropical biodiversity and protect the livelihood of forest dependent communities. Papua is the last frontier of intact ancient forest in Indonesia.
© Ardiles Rante / Greenpeace 2008
Volunteers from the Greenpeace Indonesia Forest Fire Prevention team extinguish fires
in October 2016. The team was deployed for the first time in
Riau to extinguish and prevent fire in peatland area.
© Afriadi Hikmal / Greenpeace 2016
People take a bath at “Blue River” at South Sorong, West Papua. After struggling for nearly a decade, the people of Manggroholo and Sira villages in Sorong, West Papua managed to obtain permission of village forest management.
© Jurnasyanto Sukarno / Greenpeace 2017
Scarlet ibis birds fill the sky above flooded lowlands, approximately 20 miles southwest of Bom Amigo along the coast of Brazil.
© Daniel Beltrá / Greenpeace 2017
A girl from the Munduruku Indigenous people. Greenpeace has joined forces with Munduruku Indigenous leaders to protest the Brazilian government’s plans to build a mega dam complex in the Tapajós River, in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon.
© Rogério Assis / Greenpeace 2016
A jaguar in the Brazilian Amazon.
© Valdemir Cunha 2016
Activists joined the Munduruku on a sacred section of the Tapajós River in Sawré Muybu Indigenous Land to send a clear message to the world: “Damn the dam. Keep the Tapajós River alive”. The protest coincided with International Day of Forests, celebrated globally on 21 March.
© Fábio Nascimento / Greenpeace 2016
Forest next to the Tapajós river, in Sawré Muybu Indigenous Land, home to the Munduruku people, Pará state, Brazil.
© Valdemir Cunha / Greenpeace 2016
Cleared rainforest land for a mine outside of Munguba, along the Rio Jari in the Brazilian Amazon.
© Daniel Beltrá / Greenpeace 2017
Whooper swans on a forest lake in Russia. Intact Forest Landscapes (IFL) in Russia are huge forest areas (more than 500 km2 or 50,000 hectares) without settlements, transport infrastructure and economic activities. Forest lands have degraded due to forest fires, logging, and extensive forestry, and the timber industry is now turning its attention to IFL. Proper management of forestry in Russia could protect virgin forests.
© Igor Podgorny / Greenpeace 2016
Fiby Urskog is a nature reserve located by Lake Fiby, about 16 kilometers west of Uppsala in Sweden. The area spans 87 hectares, of which most is land with unspoiled forest and hiking paths. The area is characterised by its uprooted and fallen trees and moss-rich ground.
© Christian Åslund / Greenpeace 2016
Raccoons in the Boreal Forest in Canada.
© Dave Taylor / Greenpeace 2016
Greenpeace protest against forest destruction in Buenos Aires, using one of the city’s iconic bridges to make an artistic statement that brought the forest to the city and exposed the situation facing the native forest in the country. According to a recent report by the United Nations, Argentina is among the 10 countries that has destroyed most forest over the past 25 years.
© Martin Katz / Greenpeace 2016