Collaborative Partnership on Forests: Towards a vision on forests in the post-2015 era

Heads of member organizations of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) met to discuss their post-2015 vision of forests ahead of the XIV World Forestry Congress in Durban, South Africa, in September 2015. Ideas shared at the high-level dialogue were incorporated into the official outcome document of Congress, the Durban Declaration, which sets out how forests and forestry should look for a sustainable future to 2050 and beyond.



Ugandan community leader receives top forestry prize

Ugandan forestry activist Gertrude Kabusimbi Kenyangi was awarded the CPF 2015 Wangari Maathai ‘Forest Champions' Award in recognition of her efforts to promote the conservation and sustainable use of her country's forest resources. Since 1994, Kenyangi has been working with Uganda's National Forest Authority to protect and promote the sustainable use of tropical forests in the country's Mbarara and Ntungamo districts.





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.