The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy

Together our forests will thrive.

Commonwealth nations are home to a fifth of the world's forests

The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy was launched at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta, in 2015. The QCC is a unique network of forest conservation initiatives, which involves all 52 countries of the Commonwealth.

The QCC presents a rare opportunity to unite the whole Commonwealth family and save one of the world’s most important natural habitats – forests. By creating a pan-Commonwealth network of forest conservation projects, the QCC will mark Her Majesty The Queen’s service to the Commonwealth while conserving indigenous forests for future generations.

Key Objectives

Number One Graphic The QCC is committed to raising awareness within the Commonwealth of the value of indigenous forests and to saving them for future generations.
Number Two Graphic It will create a unique network of forest conservation projects that brings collective credibility and integrity to individual Commonwealth initiatives.
Number 3 Graphic It will raise the profile of the Commonwealth, demonstrating the capacity of its 53 member countries to act together as one to ensure forest conservation.
Number Four Graphic It will facilitate knowledge exchange activities, sharing best practice and creating new, collaborative initiatives that contribute to forest conservation across the globe.

The Vision

The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy will create a coherent and vibrant network of forest conservation initiatives that, individually and collectively, demonstrate the capacity of the Commonwealth to act together and to benefit from shared knowledge and experience.

Participation will bring credibility and integrity to individual conservation projects, and promote the benefits of forest conservation.

The Partners

Who can be a part of it?

Every Commonwealth country is invited to participate and nominate conservation projects.

Projects considered for inclusion in the QCC should have the endorsement of the relevant government and forestry or conservation authority, contain clear objectives that include sustainable forest conservation and encourage, where possible, the participation of local people in the management of the project.

As a flagship programme in The Queen’s name, it is important that the proposed projects are free of political controversy and unlikely to attract adverse publicity.

The Royal Commonwealth Society, in consultation with Cool Earth and the Commonwealth Forestry Association, coordinates an accreditation process to ensure that proposed projects meet the criteria for QCC inclusion.

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