On Tuesday this week, International Tree Foundation attended a reception for the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project at Buckingham Palace. Andy Egan, Chief Executive and Timothy Hornsby, ITF trustee, met HM The Queen during the event which was attended by representatives from the 53 commonwealth countries.
The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy is a project which aims to bring together forest conservation projects across the commonwealth, in a collective effort to preserve natural and indigenous forests. By bringing together organisations and countries working towards the same goals, the initiative aims to promote networking and sharing of best practice, as well to raise awareness globally on the importance of preserving natural forests and reforestation.
International Tree Foundation was invited to submit 20 Million Trees for Kenya’s Forests, our Centenary Campaign, to be a part of Kenya’s contribution to the project by the Royal Commonwealth Society and the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (Kenya). Our Centenary Campaign aims to plant 20,000,000 trees in and around Kenya’s major forests by 2024, as well as on smallholdings through agroforestry. Kenya’s forest cover was seriously depleted during the 1970s and 80s due to illegal timber and charcoal production. Today, only 7% of the land is covered with trees. There are only 67 trees per person in Kenya compared to a global average of 420 trees per person globally.