All over the world people are working in quiet and heroic ways to sustain, protect and manage our forests. To honour these heroes, the United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat launched the first ever International Forest Heroes Programme and Awards.
In 2013, 47 nominations from 30 countries were received. In 2011, 90 nominations from 41 countries were received. The international jury, including members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, selected 5 regional winners and 3 honorable mentions in 2013 and 5 regional winners and one special award in 2011.