Queen honored with “Commonwealth Canopy”

Tuesday, December 1, 2015.  BMG: The members of the Commonwealth of Nations have honored its head, Queen Elizabeth II, for 60 years of service to the grouping with a dedication of rain forests and other environmental

Singapore, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Australia, Zambia and Belize are among the countries offering to dedicate and protect sensitive environmental areas in their land mass in the Queen’s name, in what has been called a “collaborative and positive drive to show united action on the environment.

The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy will be led by The Royal Commonwealth Society in partnership with NGO Cool Earth and The Commonwealth Forestry Association, with the aim of eventually linking all 53 Commonwealth countries in a canopy of sustainable forest conservation initiatives for future generations.

Belize’s contribution has not been specified but Singapore will dedicate six hectares of rainforest in the national botanic gardens and 163 hectares of the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve forest, while in the U.K. itself The National Forest Company leads the creation of a new National Forest across 200 square miles of central England.

New Zealand is to fund $1 million over three years to extend the network of the Queen’s National Trust covenants first established in 1977, while in Australia projects created through the development of the Asia-Pacific Rainforest Recovery Plan, which seeks to create a regional collective commitment to help slow, halt and reverse the loss of tropical rainforest will be added.

Her Majesty has thanked Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Malta today,Tuesday, for the practical demonstration of the power of the body she heads to effect real change for generations to come.

Just days before world leaders and 40,000 delegates from 195 countries meet at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21), this initiative from the Commonwealth to preserve rainforest has been welcomed by environmental groups and forestry organisations.

Other dedications, including from Belize, Zambia and others are expected over the coming months.

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