Wangari Maathai
Forest Champions Award 2015 

The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) is awarding one extraordinary individual USD20,000 for improving our forests and the lives of people who depend on them!

The CPF launched the first Wangari Maathai Award in 2012 to honour and commemorate the impact of this extraordinary woman who championed forest issues around the world. In 2015, the CPF will award another individual for their outstanding achievements for forests.

The awardee will receive a cash prize of USD20,000 along with international recognition of their outstanding contributions to preserve, restore and sustainably manage forests and to raise awareness of the key role forests play in supporting local communities, rural livelihoods, women and the environment.

The Wangari Maathai Award, given for the first time in 2012, was created by CBD, CIFOR, FAO, GEF, ICRAF, ITTO, IUCN, IUFRO, UNCCD, UNDP, UNEP, UNFCCC, UNFF and World Bank, all members of the CPF. Nominations will be reviewed by an international jury of renowned personalities, who will also take into consideration such elements as empowering women and civil society, fostering social commitment, promoting networks and improving the valuation of forests in society.

Eligibility: Applicants should be nominated by a third party. Nominees may be persons, living or recently deceased, who have made exceptional contributions to forests. Professional and research contributions will only be considered if they are conducted outside of normal work-related responsibilities. Applications received from a nominee’s kin or business partner are not eligible for consideration. Applications related to grassroots initiatives are particularly encouraged.

Selection: The closing date for receipt of nominations is Friday, 29 May 2015. The awardee will be selected by a jury nominated by CPF members, which will take into account gender and regional balance when considering potential awardees.

Announcement: The awardee will be notified of their selection via email in early August 2015. This year’s Wangari Maathai Award will be presented on 10 September 2015, at the conclusion of the World Forestry Congress 2015 in Durban, South Africa.

To submit an application: Please send completed nominations to the CPF Secretariat at cpf@un.orgApplicant guidelines 2015  should be used when submitting your nomination.