Conferment of the Prize: The MIDORI Prize is awarded to three individuals, in principle. Each prize winner is awarded a certificate, a commemorative gift and a monetary prize of 100,000 United States dollars.
Period for Nominations: 1 March - 30 June 2012
Nomination form: available on the website www.aeon.info/ef/midori/prize/
Judging Committee (Honorifics omitted, alphabetical order)
Chairman: Takuya Okada, Chairman, AEON Environmental Foundation
Judge: Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity
Judge: Kunio Iwatsuki, Director, Museum of Nature and Human Activities, Hyogo, and Professor
Emeritus, University of Tokyo
Judge: Daizaburo Kuroda, Senior Counsellor, Ministry of the Environment, Japan
Judge: Anne McDonald, Professor, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Sophia University
Judge: Keiko Nakamura, Director General, JT Biohistory Research Hall
Judge: Shiro Wakui, Professor, Tokyo City University
Advisor: Ashok Khosla, President, Society for Development Alternatives; President, International Union for Conservation of Nature
Award Ceremony: The 2012 prize will be awarded at an Award Ceremony to be held in Hyderabad, India, in October 2012, in conjunction with the high-level segment of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Following the Award Ceremony, the recipients will be invited to Tokyo to give lectures at the Winners' Forum in October 2012.
AEON Environmental Foundation
The AEON Environmental Foundation was established in 1990, based on a vision involving a quest for peace, respect for humans, and support to regions. Since its establishment, the foundation has made diverse efforts in planting trees in Japan and abroad, supporting environmental NGOs and NPOs, and organizing international congresses. Regarding the tree planting, the foundation, along with citizen volunteers, has planted about 1 million trees around the Great Wall of China. The number of trees they have planted throughout the world totals more than 1.8 million.
In 2009, the foundation established and organized "The Japan Awards for Biodiversity (domestic prize)". This prize is also biennial as well as the MIDORI Prize and these prizes are awarded alternately.
In order to sustain our green planet for future generations, through its various activities the AEON
Environmental Foundation will make further efforts toward supporting biodiversity.
The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
Opened for signature at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, and entering into force in
December 1993, the Convention on Biological Diversity is an international treaty for the conservation of biodiversity, the sustainable use of the components of biodiversity and the equitable sharing of the benefits derived from the use of genetic resources. With 193 Parties, the Convention has near universal participation among countries. The Convention seeks to address all threats to biodiversity and ecosystem services, including threats from climate change, through scientific assessments, the development of tools, incentives and processes, the transfer of technologies and good practices and the full and active involvement of relevant stakeholders including indigenous and local communities, youth, NGOs, women and the business community.
The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is a subsidiary agreement to the Convention. It seeks to protect biological diversity from the potential risks posed by living modified organisms resulting from modern biotechnology. To date, 162 countries plus the European Union have ratified the Cartagena Protocol. The Secretariat of the Convention and its Cartagena Protocol is located in
For more information visit: www.cbd.int.
For additional information, please contact: David Ainsworth on +1 514 287 7025 or at
firstname.lastname@example.org; or Johan Hedlund on +1 514 287 6670 or at email@example.com.
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