One of the most prestigious forest accolades, the award was established by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) 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.
Nominations for the Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award 2015 are open until Friday 29 May 2015. The award ceremony will take place at the XIV World Forestry Congress.
This will be the third time the CPF has presented the award since its launch in 2012. Past winners are Nepali activist Narayan Kaji Shrestha (2012) and Mexican environmental campaigner Martha Isabel ‘Pati’ Ruiz Corzo (2014).