The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity (International Award)

AEON Environmental Foundation

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Grant amount: US $100,000

Anticipated deadline: Jun 3, 2020

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Research, Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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In 2010, the "International Year of Biodiversity," the AEON Environmental Foundation commemorated its 20th anniversary by creating "The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity." The award has since been held once every two years, in even-numbered years.

Since ancient times, in the course of civilization, humans have employed resources from the natural environment. As a result, the environmental loads on natural resources have continued to grow, and disruption and fragmentation of the ecosystem and a decrease of biodiversity have been caused by human activities. It is now high time for us to take actions in ways to conserve and sustainably use biodiversity in order to share the blessings of the ecosystem and biodiversity and sustain our beautiful earth where diverse organisms harmoniously live together.

The year 2010 was a milestone in fields related to the mainstreaming of biodiversity. This was the International Year of Biodiversity as declared by the United Nations. Also, the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP10) was held in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan. In commemoration of this important year, the AEON Environmental Foundation, which also celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2010, established “The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity.”

The MIDORI Prize is a biennial international prize to honour individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity at global, regional or local levels. The aims of this Prize are to extend the developmental influence of the individual’s efforts to various projects relating to biodiversity throughout the world, and to raise awareness about biodiversity. In principle, the MIDORI Prize is awarded to three individuals. Each prize winner is awarded a wooden plaque, a commemorative gift and a monetary prize of 100,000 US dollars.

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  • Everyone contributing to conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in the field of practical action, science, policy or public awareness are eligible activities.
  • Candidates recommended online by members of the general public or by experts in relevant fields are eligible.
  • The engagement of and collaboration between all stakeholders, including individual citizens, governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, researchers and the private sector are essential to safeguard the Earth’s biodiversity.
    • Recognizing this, the MIDORI Prize is open to everyone contributing to conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in the field of practical action, science, policy or public awareness
  • Candidates must satisfy at least one of the following requirements:
    • Achievement: Have made outstanding achievements that greatly contribute to biodiversity
    • Potential: Have the ability to influence future activities related to biodiversity
    • Impact: Have conducted work which has impacts on various activities for biodiversity around the world.


  • Accomplishment will be assessed on its:
    • International contribution
    • Contribution to conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity
    • Social contribution
    • Long-term perspective and continuity
    • Creativity and originality
    • Civic mindedness and breadth of perspective
    • Efficacy and influence