Honor your “Landscape Laurel” on International Women’s Day 2018

6 February 2018

Please note: the 2018 submission deadline has now passed, but the Landscape Laurels are being posted throughout the week of March 8, 2018 on Viewpoint. Please click here to read about them or scroll down.

BONN, Germany (Landscape News) — For more than a century, the world has paused to take note of International Women’s Day (IWD) each year.

To celebrate in 2018, Landscapes News is aligning with the U.N. Women theme of the “Time is Now: rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives” for IWD on March 8. We want to celebrate women who go the extra mile to make the “landscape approach” a reality whether they are from rural or urban areas.

We need your help.

Please share the story of someone you would like to nominate to be honored as a symbolic “Landscape Laurel,” on IWD. Although she will not receive an actual crown made of laurel leaves, we will publish a story about her on Landscapes News alerting the world to her efforts.

She might be deploying innovative strategies to protect the soil quality on her farm. Maybe she has developed a new invention to help improve livelihoods.

She could be working tirelessly to integrate policies promoting sustainable land use, or someone who implements ideas that mitigate the impact of climate change in a particular area, or she might be developing new ideas about climate change adaptation.

Perhaps she has raised awareness about an environmental, social or political change that will have a negative or positive affect on the landscape. Maybe she has developed a strategic plan to help curb global warming.

Maybe she has conceived green finance ideas or implemented green finance opportunities.

Perhaps she is an entrepreneur or manager overseeing a company that takes landscapes into consideration when conducting business.

Perhaps she works with a land rights organization that takes a “landscapes” approach.

Maybe she has written a book, painted a picture, produced a play or a film conceptualizing integrated landscapes.

You tell us.

Write either a brief summary (no more than 400 words in length) or submit a video or an audio recording (under three minutes long) about how she makes a difference. Please send your story and a photograph of your nominated “Landscape Laurel” by March 1, 2018. Also provide contact information for you and your laurel.

Submit your story with “Landscape Laurel” in the “story title” field via this web address: (submission deadline has now passed/Ed. March 2, 2018)

Please share this story on your social media networks, using the #IWD2018, #PressforProgress and #ThinkLandscape hashtags.

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