Apply now for the 2024 Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award for Improving Forests (USD20,000). Applications are now open for the seventh Wangari Maathai Forest Champion (2024).
The Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award recognizes inspiring individuals who have helped to conserve, restore, and sustainably manage forests. The award was established by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) in 2012 in memory of Kenyan environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai.
The Wangari Maathai Forest Champion Award is looking for a candidate with a track record of outstanding achievements in improving forests and the lives of people who depend on them.
Eligibility and Requirements for the Wangari Maathai Forest Champions
Participants must meet the following:
- Participants must be nominated by a third party.
- Nominees may be individual persons, living or recently deceased.
- Professional and research contributions will only be considered if they are conducted outside of work-related responsibilities.
- Applications received from a nominee’s family member or business partner are not eligible for consideration.
What You Stand to Gain from the Wangari Maathai Forest Champions
Selected participants will receive the following:
- The awardee/s will receive a cash prize of $USD 20,000.
- The awardee/s will receive travel support to participate in a prestigious international forest event.
- Participants will have the opportunity to present their ideas and work to a larger audience, gain visibility, and build their network.
- The nominated candidates will be assessed by an expert jury on the following criteria:
- Impact on communities through reducing forest loss and/or increasing forest area and/or using sustainably grown wood and non-wood forest products and/or addressing human-wildlife conflicts about forests.
- Innovative aspects of the work, level of innovation, including technical, social, or financial innovation, application, and feasibility of the innovative aspects.
- Empowerment of others, considering also social, gender, and youth aspects, to act through strengthened networks, social commitment, outreach, and/or improved recognition of the value of forests.
- Transferability and scale, including local, national, regional, or global contexts and/or application in other countries or regions, including South-South cooperation and the work/activities scale.
The application deadline is the 10th of February, 2024.
For more information, visit the official webpage of the Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award.