Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award–call for nominations reopened!
Do you know a true forest champion? Nominate them for the Wangari Maathai Award by 15 October!
The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) is giving the award to one extraordinary individual for having improved our forests and the lives of people who depend on them. The winner of the 2022 award will be celebrated for 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, youth and the environment, at the upcoming XV World Forestry Congress, (2-6 May 2022, Seoul, Republic of Korea).
Along with international recognition and prestige, the recipient of the award will be granted a cash prize of USD20,000 and travel support to participate in the award ceremony in Seoul.
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 to take place in the same year as the Congress. All nominations received during the previous call for nominations will remain valid unless withdrawn by the submitter.
The CPF launched the first Wangari Maathai Award in 2012 to honour and commemorate the impact of this extraordinary woman who championed forest issues across the globe. 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 a panel of renowned forestry experts, from research to politics, who will also consider the nominees’ efforts in empowering women, youth and civil society, fostering social commitment, promoting networks and improving the visibility and socio-cultural value of forests.
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 be considered only 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 deadline for nominations is 15 October 2021. The award recipient will be selected by a jury nominated by CPF members, accounting for gender and regional balance when selecting the recipient.
Announcement: The award recipient will be notified of their selection via email in February 2022. This edition of the Wangari Maathai Award will be presented during the XV World Forestry Congress (2-6 May 2022), at the Coex Convention Center in Seoul, Republic of Korea.