CPF Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award 2015 ($20,000 and Invitation to Durban)

CPF Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award 2015 ($20,000 and Invitation to Durban)

Deadline: May 29, 2015

The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) is accepting nominations for the Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award. The CPF Wangari Maathai Award recognizes extraordinary efforts by an individual to improve and sustain forests and the people who depend on them. One of the most prestigious forest accolades, the award was established 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.

The Award

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 2015 winner will be also be invited to receive their award in person on September 10, 2015 at the World Forestry Congress 2015 in Durban, South Africa.


  • 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.

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. The awardee will be notified of their selection via email in early August 2015.

How to Nominate

Please send completed nominations to the CPF Secretariat at [email protected]. Review the Applicant guidelines 2015  before submitting your nomination.

For more information, visit Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award.