A network of forest conservation initiatives throughout the 53 nations of the Commonwealth

Commonwealth citizens are leading the world in efforts to protect the forest – forest that their communities and the planet as a whole depend on.

The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy will show that, irrespective of geography, economy, culture or tenure, solutions exist to the threats facing these critical ecosystems.

Why do we need the QCC?

The 53 members of the Commonwealth are working individually to preserve forest and indigenous plants and trees in their own countries. By linking projects in The Queen’s name, there is an opportunity to:


Share best practice in forest protection, across 53 Commonwealth countries


Highlight the value of saving forests, and the impact on climate change


Use existing relationships to create new, collaborative conservation initiatives


Employ the power of a coordinated initiative to access international funding

The QCC Partners

The QCC 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.

Who can be part of it?

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

Countries with limited forest cover can participate by planting native trees, conserving other indigenous trees, or supporting partnerships with other Commonwealth nations.

The QCC supports countries to develop new community-led projects that promote sustainable forest management.

Eligible projects should…

  • Have the endorsement of the relevant government and forestry or conservation authority
  • Contain clear objectives that include sustainable natural forest conservation
  • Recognise indigenous rights and involve local people in forest management

What will it cost?

Participation in the QCC is free. There are no financial or regulatory obligations. Through fundraising, The Royal Commonwealth Society and Cool Earth will cover the administration of the QCC and the costs associated with monitoring and reporting on projects, and sharing experience.

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