Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award 2021 – postponed to 2022

The XV World Forestry Congress was postponed to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In line with this decision the CPF postponed the Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award as well to 2022. The award ceremony will be held at the XV World Forestry Congress in Seoul, Republic of Korea celebrating the outstanding achievements for forests of the awardee.

The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) is periodically awarding extraordinary individuals for improving our forests and the lives of people who depend on them through the Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award.

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.

The awardee receives a cash prize of USD20,000 along with international recognition of the 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, youth and the environment.

The Wangari Maathai Award is an initiative of CBD, CIFOR, CITES, 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, youth 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 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 before the award ceremony. The Wangari Maathai Award will be presented during the XV World Forestry Congress (2022) in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

How to apply? Completed nominations can be sent to the CPF Secretariat at [email protected]. The application guidelines should be used when submitting nominations. The application process is closed.