Friday, February 19, 2016

MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity nominations

Maybe you know of somebody who should be nominated.  The AEON Environmental Foundation opened nominations a few days ago for the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 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.

Period of Nomination: 15 February – 30 June

Award Ceremony:
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 CancĂșn, 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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