Finding Balance: our future, our forests

Forests are an integral part of our lives and our future. They are essential not only for storing carbon and thus maintaining the atmosphere, but they also sustain an extraordinary amount of biodiversity. This great breadth of life is responsible for close to half of all our medicines. In short, we need healthy forests in order to survive.



Narayan Kaji Shrestha Nepalese forest activist

Narayan Kaji Shrestha has won the first-ever Collaborative Partnership on Forests Wangari Maathai Award for his outstanding contribution to forests. The award was established this year to honour the life and work of the late Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai. Dr Shrestha is recognized as one of main architects of the community forestry movement in Nepal, which he has spent three decades promoting and which has contributed significantly to restoring forest resources in the country.




A tribute to the late Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai

To commemorate and honour the life and work of Professor Wangari Maathai, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) opened Forest Day 5 with a short video about the Nobel Laureate.

This film was commissioned by UNEP, ICRAF and CIFOR on behalf of the CPF. Special thanks to Isabelle Pierrard from UNEP for her work on the production. Also thanks to Abbie Sharp from Tin Roof Productions. 

Also available in Spanish and French.