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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has formally acknowledged the contribution of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) to forest conservation in Papua New Guinea.

ACIAR’s project Enhancing the Implementation of Community Forestry Approaches in Papua New Guinea was showcased at the Buckingham Palace reception on 15 November in London and awarded accreditation under the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy initiative (QCC).

The QCC is a network of outstanding forest conservation initiatives throughout the 52 nations of the Commonwealth. Being awarded QCC accreditation affirms ACIAR as a global leader in agricultural research for development and highlights the important work undertaken in sustainable community forestry.

Forests cover over 60 per cent of Papua New Guinea, and 97 per cent of these forests are held under customary community ownership. Through ACIAR, Australia is supporting communities to sustainably manage native forests, grow trees and enhance the Papua New Guinean forestry sector.

Community forestry is delivering economic and social benefits as well as important environmental outcomes including the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and habitat protection.

This Australian Government project is delivered by ACIAR in cooperation with partners the University of the Sunshine Coast, Papua New Guinea Forestry Association, Papua New Guinea Forest Research Institute, Ramu Agri-Industries Limited, University of Papua New Guinea, Foundation for People and Community Development Incorporated.

Media Contacts: Foreign Minister’s Office: Rachel Obradovic 0478 488 874, or Phoebe Nolan 0408 275 340

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