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 honors three individuals who have made outstanding contributions to conservation and sustainable use at local and global levels, and who have influenced and strengthened various biodiversity-related efforts, as well as raised awareness about biodiversity. Each winner is awarded a wooden plaque, a commemorative gift and a monetary prize of 100,000 US dollars to support their work in safeguarding biodiversity. The MIDORI Prize is co-hosted by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and is 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: “The conservation of biodiversity and the prevention of climate change are two of the greatest challenges of our time. We hope that the MIDORI Prize will contribute to meeting this global challenge, to the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and to the objectives of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020.”
For more information, visit MIDORI official website