Canada’s Great Bear forest comes under Commonwealth canopy

Prince William to announce addition of temperate rainforest to worldwide conservation network

Prince William in Victoria, BC, with Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, and governor-general, David Johnston, on Saturday.
Photograph: Jonathan Hayward/AP

An unlikely alliance of the Queen, Prince William, the Labour MP Frank Field, Commonwealth countries and Canadian ecologists join forces today to protect one of the largest coastal temperate rainforests in the world: the Great Bear rainforest along the central and west coast of British Columbia.
Prince William is in the Canadian province for a weeklong visit and will announce on Monday that the forest will join an international network of forests designed to involve all 53 countries in the Commonwealth.
The network of forests is part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC), a forest conservation initiative launched in the monarch’s name at the Malta Commonwealth summit last year.
Field said: “The aim is to …