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.
Elizabeth Mrema, Officer-in-Charge of the Convention on Biological Diversity, said: “The MIDORI Prize gives the world a unique opportunity to shine a spotlight on the work of individuals dedicated to protecting biodiversity around the world. While we all move to agree on a new global biodiversity framework, the Prize will continue to raise public awareness not only on the essential role of biodiversity to assuring human well-being but also the nature-based solutions that biodiversity provides to global challenges like climate change.”
Takuya Okada, Chairman of the AEON Environmental Foundation and Honorary Chairman of AEON Co., Ltd., said: “Safeguarding the Earth’s biodiversity and tackling climate change are two of the greatest challenges of our time. We hope that the MIDORI Prize will help to inspire action to meet the global challenge, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and the objectives of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020.”
For more information, visit MIDORI official website