Nominations open for the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2016
With the aim to encourage positive action for biodiversity and inspire others by showcasing the notable work of those it honours, nominations are now invited for the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2016. The call for nominations remains open from 15 February to 30 June 2016.
The MIDORI Prize, a biennial international prize, was established by the Foundation in 2010 in order to extend the developmental influence of individuals’ efforts to various projects relating to biodiversity throughout the world, and to raise awareness about biodiversity. In 2009, the Foundation established “The Japan Awards for Biodiversity,” a domestic prize. This prize is also biennial and these two prizes are awarded alternately. This year marks the fourth time that the MIDORI Prize has been presented.
The aim of the MIDORI Prize is to honor distinguished individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Each prize winner is awarded a wooden plaque, a commemorative gift and a monetary prize of 100,000 US dollars.
The conservation of biodiversity and the prevention of climate change are two of the greatest challenges of our time. In order to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets during the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020, AEON Environmental Foundation will make further efforts in support of biodiversity issues through conducting various projects including award-presenting activities.
Takuya Okada, Chairman of the AEON Environmental Foundation and Honorary Chairman 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
Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, CBD Executive Secretary, said: “The MIDORI Prize, the unique international prize dedicated to biodiversity, by honouring the notable work of talented individuals, will contribute to raising public awareness on the essential role of biodiversity to humanity and to the objectives of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity.”
The Prize will be awarded at a special ceremony organized in conjunction with the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 13) 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.
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