The biennial international MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity honours individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. The Prize aims to encourage and inspire positive action for biodiversity. Nominations for the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2016 are open and close on 30 June.
Recipients of the MIDORI Prize include Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, Chair of the Ghana National Biodiversity Committee, Angela Merkel (Germany), Chancellor of Germany, and Kamal Bawa from India who is President of the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) and Distinguished Professor at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, USA.
Some of the criteria used to judge the nominations include the person’s outstanding achievements that greatly contribute to biodiversity; or their ability to influence future activities related to biodiversity; or their work’s impacts on various activities for biodiversity around the world.
The Prize is co-organized by the AEON Environmental Foundation and the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Each prize winner is awarded a wooden plaque, a commemorative gift and a monetary prize of 100,000 US dollars.
The Prize will be awarded at a special ceremony organized in conjunction with the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD in Cancún, Mexico, in December 2016. Following the Award Ceremony, the Winners’ Forum will be held in Tokyo, Japan, in the same month of the year.
Nominations are invited from members of the public through the MIDORI Prize official website: www.midoripress-aeon.net