Martha Isabel Pati Ruiz Corzo
6 October 2014, Salt Lake City, USA – The Mexican environmental campaigner Martha Isabel ‘Pati’ Ruiz Corzo has won the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) Wangari Maathai Award 2014 for her pioneering work to preserve forests and alleviate rural poverty in her native country.
One of the most prestigious forest accolades, the Wangari Maathai 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 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.
Ruiz Corzo is recognized for making conservation profitable for rural communities in the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, one of the most ecologically diverse areas of Mexico and home to threatened species such as jaguars and green macaws as well as 800 types of butterfly. Through her Sierra Gorda Ecological Group, Ruiz Corzo successfully lobbied the government for the creation of the reserve in 1997 and instituted an intensive programme of conservation education and training for local communities, turning the reserve into a flagship for public-private ecosystem management.
From left, Prof. Jens Emborg, UC, Prof. Linda Nielsen, UC, Prof. R.G. Wahome, UoN, Aisha Karanja, Executive Director, GBM, Prof. S.G. Kiama, Director, Wangari Maathai Institute, Joshua Chebolwo, KEFRI, Ms. Wanjira Mathai, GBM Board Chair/WMI Board Member and Dr. Thuita Thenya, UoN/STAKE Projector Coordinator after the 2ndSTAKE Project Steering Commitee meeting held on 8th October, 2014 at the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, University of Nairobi.
The STAKE project is an exciting partnership between the Wangari Maathai Institute, the Green Belt Movement (GBM), Kenya Forest Research Institute (KEFRI) and the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is expected to contribute to stability in Kenya by understanding and targeting the underlying factors that lead to conflicts over forest related resources. This 3-year project funded by the Danish Development Agency (DANIDA) will also contribute to Kenya’s long-term development by mentoring and training the next generation of talented, young academics through provision of scholarships for Masters and PhD training.
|Mr. Geoffrey Kiringa, doctoral student at the Wangari Maathai Institute, 2nd on the back row from the right receives Total Ecochallenge award.|
The TOTAL Ecochallenge program was started in 2002 with the aim of inspiring and helping all Kenyans to plant trees in every possible place. The target was 100 million trees per year, every year, for ever. Today, the program has more than 5,000 projects that have seen the planting of over 800 million trees since its inception.
Every year, Total Kenya hosts the TOTAL Ecochallenge gala awards in honor of tree planting champions of the past year who have greatly contributed towards the attainment of the TOTAL Ecochallenge objectives of the year. The champions include: individuals, farmers, community groups, schools, societies, clubs and institutions, organisations, businesses and industry of every size and kind, everywhere. Mr. Geoffrey Kiringa, a PhD student at the Wangari Maathai Institute, University of Nairobi was among the Total Ecochallenge awardee in the recently held gala.
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