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Midori Prize for Biodiversity

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About

The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity was established in 2010 at the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the AEON Environmental Foundation, which coincided with the celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity. The MIDORI Prize honours three individuals who have made outstanding contributions to conservation and sustainable use at local and global levels, and who have developmentally influenced various biodiversity-related efforts, as well as raising awareness about biodiversity. Each winner receives a certificate, a commemorative gift and a monetary prize of 100,000 US dollars. The MIDORI Prize is co-hosted by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and will be a key instrument at the service of the objectives of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020.

Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary to the Convention on Biological Diversity, said: “The Secretariat is pleased to be a partner in the foundation and granting of the MIDORI Prize, an effective instrument that not only promotes public awareness, but also encourages activities in support of the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. I would like to convey my respect and appreciation for the unique and generous contribution of AEON Environment Foundation that has made the Prize possible.”

Takuya Okada, Chairman of the AEON Environmental Foundation and Honorary Chairman and Adviser of AEON Co., Ltd., said: “prevention of climate change and conservation of biodiversity are recognized as two challenging issues at the global level. In order to resolve such issues, we would like to contribute to promotion of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, approved at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, and of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity, which started in 2011, through making diverse efforts.”

For more information, visit MIDORI official website or consult the MIDORI Prize Brochure.

MIDORI Prize for 2014

The call for nominations remains open from 1 March to 31 May 2014 at the MIDORI official website.

2014 News

MIDORI Prize for 2012

The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2012 was awarded on 17 October 2012 in Hyderabad, India, at a ministerial luncheon hosted by the Government of India during the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP11).

In her remarks to the distinguished guests, Her Excellency Ms. Jayanthi Natarajan, the Minister of Environment and Forests of the Government of India and COP11 President, said: “As COP11 President, I am very honoured to host this award ceremony and happy to have these distinguished winners at COP11, who have made outstanding contributions to implementation of CBD. I believe their inspiring works will help attract people’s attention to biodiversity issues through this MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity.”

2012 Winners

  • Dr. Juan Carlos Castilla, Professor of Marine Ecology at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. As "the pioneer of South American marine ecology,” Dr. Castilla has been involved in national strategies promoting the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. He worked with governments, coastal and more marginalized artisanal fisher communities, and proved that the small scale Marine Protected Area is effective for sustainably developing the community as well as growing a green economy.
  • Dr. Rodrigo Gamez-Lobo, President of Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio). Dr. Gámez founded and initiated the INBio in Costa Rica, a country of mega-diversity. He provided a successful model for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity to the world in various fields including the inventorying of biodiversity, environmental education, bioprospecting, policy and legislation, land use management/technical assistance, capacity building and eco tourism.
  • Dr. Vo Quy, Honorary President at the Center for Natural Resources Management and Environmental Studies (CRES), Vietnam National University, Hanoi. Dr. Quy, who took the initiative to involve rural communities as the main proponents of the country’s nature conservation and reforestation program, is rightly called the father of Vietnam’s environmental conservation movement. He showed a model of the conservation and rehabilitation of nature, offering hope that lands devastated by urbanization or warfare can be regenerated.

2012 News

MIDORI Prize for 2010

The establishment in 2010 of “The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity” corresponded to the 20th anniversary of the AEON Environmental Foundation and commemorated the International Year on Biodiversity 2010 as well as the hosting by Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture and Japan of the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. The 2010 Award Ceremony took place at the occasion of the the high-level segment of the tenth meeting of the CBD Conference of the Parties. More information on the 2010 edition is available here.

2010 Winners

In 2010, the first MIDORI Prizes were awarded to:

2010 News

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme