Forests take millennia to grow, but minutes to destroy. Left intact, forest ecosystems are critical to the stabilization of our climate, maintenance of the earth’s biodiversity and freshwater. Canada and Indonesia are the largest dissolving pulp exporters to China and along with Brazil provide almost two thirds of China’s dissolving pulp imports.
Snapshot of Indonesia’s Rainforests - The magnificent rainforests of Indonesia are home to pygmy elephants, Sumatran tigers, orangutans, rhinoceros and thousands of bird, animal and insect species that form one of the world’s richest treasure troves of species biodiversity. Indonesia is the third largest global emitter of greenhouse gases (behind the US and China) – primarily because of the logging of its high carbon peatland forests. Whilst species have been pushed to the brink, forest based communities have been evicted from their lands and intimidated with violence as logging companies have aggressively expanded their operations. Many of Indonesia’s animals are critically endangered, often due to loss of habitat. In the last 50 years, over 40 percent of Indonesia’s rainforests have been lost.
Snapshot of the Charismatic Forests of the West Coast – With towering cedars dripping in lichen, the rainforests of North America’s west coast are some of the most spectacular and ecologically important forests of the world. Rare and unique – having only ever covered less than 1% of the earth’s surface – these forests are home to grizzly, black and rare white ‘Spirit’ bears and trees up to 1,000 years old. Old growth temperate rainforests store more carbon per hectare than any other forest type on the planet. Today significant volumes of these 10,000 year-old forests are disappearing into dissolving pulp mills and in turn the apparel industry.
Canada’s Boreal Forests: The Lungs of our Planet – Our “green shield” against climate change, Canada’s Boreal forest is part of the world’s largest terrestrial carbon-sink and contains much of the world’s unfrozen freshwater reserves. The Boreal is the nursery to more than a third of North America’s birds and home to thundering herds of woodland caribou, which feed on lichens that can take 100 years to grow. The Boreal is currently the largest source of dissolving pulp fiber in North America.
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