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BC Premier Christy Clark to receive award at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday

Jenni Sheppard Nov 13, 2016 9:11 am 6,906

BC Premier Christy Clark will attend a reception in Buckingham Palace, London on Tuesday to receive an award recognizing her work to preserve the Great Bear Rainforest.

According to a release, the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy Initiative ceremony will highlight British Columbia’s collaborative approach to protecting the rainforest.

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Together with First Nations, environmental groups and forest companies, says the release, Clark’s government tried to balance environmental and economic needs.

The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy reception on Tuesday will be hosted by Her Majesty The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

“It is an honour to represent British Columbia at Buckingham Palace and receive this latest award for the achievements in the Great Bear Rainforest,” said Clark.

“Many people worked for many years to save this special place for future generations―we consider it our gift to the world.”

This grizzly was picked up via remote camera on conservation lands in Rivers Inlet in the Great Bear Rainforest. (Nature Conservancy of Canada)

A grizzly bear in the Great Bear Rainforest. (Nature Conservancy of Canada)

The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy was founded in 2015 to unite the Commonwealth’s 53 countries and 2.3 billion citizens in conserving forests for future generations.

The Great Bear Rainforest covers 6.4 million hectares of British Columbia’s central and northern coast and is home to 26 different First Nations.

The award comes just two months after Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visited the Great Bear Rainforest on their tour of British Columbia.

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William with BC Premier Christy Clark in the Great Bear Rainforest in September (Province of BC)

Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William with BC Premier Christy Clark in the Great Bear Rainforest in September (Province of BC)

The royal couple officially admitted the rainforest into the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, and Clark announced the establishment of a $1 million trust to help conserve the forest.

The Great Bear Rainforest Education and Awareness Trust will go towards a number of initiatives, including creating student resources, raising public awareness, and research.

While in London, Clark will also meet with business leaders and key investors interested in potential opportunities in the province, focusing on BC’s trade relations post-Brexit.

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Jenni Sheppard
Jenni is a former Senior Staff Writer at Daily Hive. Happy Vancouverite. Traveller, snowboarder, foodie, film fan, feminist, geek, cheesemaker, curler.

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