Nominate someone extraordinary for Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award 2015

At a special ceremony in Copenhagen, where negotiations are intensifying for an effective agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon inducts Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize laureate and green advocate Wangari Maathai (shown speaking at ceremony) as a UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on the environment and climate change. Professor Maathai, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004, founded the grassroots group known as the Green Belt Movement, which has planted more than 40 million trees on community lands across Africa and worked to improve environmental conservation and reduce poverty.

Do you know an individual who is doing incredible work to improve our forests and the people who depend on them?

Nominations are open until June 15 for the Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award 2015, one of the most prestigious forest accolades today.

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 Forest Champions Award recognizes extraordinary efforts by an individual to improve and sustain forests and the people who depend on them. The award was established by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests to honour the memory of Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai, a champion of forest issues worldwide and the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Past winners are Nepali activist Narayan Kaji Shrestha (2012), one of the main architects of the community forestry movement in Nepal, and Mexican environmental campaigner Martha Isabel ‘Pati’ Ruiz Corzo (2014), who received the award for her pioneering work to preserve forests and alleviate rural poverty in her native country.

The jury also awards a special Honourable Mention, which in the past has gone to Kurshida Begum (2012) of Bangladesh for helping women in her village form a community patrol group to protect forests from illegal logging and poaching. Last year’s Honourable Mention was awarded to the late Cambodian environmental activist Chut Wutty for his work to end illegal deforestation in Cambodia and protect the rights of indigenous forest dwellers. Wutty was killed in 2012 while escorting journalists to see an area of suspected illegal activity.

If you would like to nominate an extraordinary individual that you know for this year’s award, you can read up on the Applicant guidelines and submit your nomination by the deadline, 15 June 2015.

This year’s Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award will be presented on 10 September 2015, at the conclusion of the XIV World Forestry Congress in Durban, South Africa.

Read more about the award

Picture: Wangari Maathai speaking at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen
Picture courtesy: Mark Garten (UN)

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