The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity
The Prize Winners

*Winner's profile when a prize was won.

The Prize Winners 2016

Alfonso Aguirre-Muñoz

Executive Director, Grupo de Ecología y Conservación de Islas, A.C. (Mexico)

Dr. Aguirre-Muñoz has worked tirelessly in the Mexican islands—unique ecosystems and home to abundant endemic species—to remove invasive species and actively restore seabird populations and vegetation communities. Thanks to his interdisciplinary collaboration involving fishermen cooperatives, private donors, the Mexican Navy and federal government agencies, protected areas in excess of 40,000 ha stretching over vast island regions have been created. He has also made a significant contribution to Revillagigedo Archipelago’s (“Mexican Galapagos”) recent recognition by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Yury Darman

Director, Amur Branch, WWF Russia (Russia)

Yury Darman

Concerned about the impact on freshwater ecosystems of proposals for dams within the Russian Far Eastern Region, Dr. Darman organized five campaigns against their construction. He has extolled tremendous efforts to increase populations under the umbrella of iconic rare species, including the Amur tiger. Vast nature reserves extending beyond Russia’s border to China and Mongolia were established as areas of international cooperation based on an approach that integrates scientific and traditional knowledge. He addresses contemporary challenges through a focus on the nexus between biodiversity and climate change.

Vandana Shiva

Founder and Director, Navdanya (India)

Vandana Shiva

Centered on the principle of ‘Earth Democracy,’ Dr. Shiva formed a grassroots movement “Navdanya” to save seeds, protect farmers’ rights and biodiversity, and promote traditional organic farming methods that raise levels of nutrition and income, thus reducing both hunger and poverty. In the context of the global discourse on biodiversity and biosafety, she has demonstrated unshakable resolve in speaking out for marginalized populations and women, and also achieved notable success in establishing sustainable societies based on models contributing to access and benefit-sharing of genetic resources.

The Prize Winners 2014

Kamal Bawa

Kamal Bawa

India
President, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), India
Distinguished Professor, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Alfred Oteng-Yeboah

Alfred Oteng-Yeboah

Ghana
Chair, Ghana National Biodiversity Committee

Bibiana Vilá

Bibiana Vilá

Argentina
Director, Vicuñas, Camelids and Environment (VICAM)
Principal Researcher, National Research Council (CONICET) Argentina

The Prize Winners 2012

Juan Carlos Castilla

Juan Carlos Castilla

Chile
Professor, Marine Ecology, Department of Ecology, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

Rodrigo Gámez-Lobo

Rodrigo Gámez-Lobo

Costa Rica
President, Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio)

Vo Quy

Vo Quy

Viet Nam
Honorary President, Center for Natural Resources Management and Environmental Studies (CRES),
Vietnam National University, Hanoi


The Prize Winners 2010

Jean Lemire

Jean Lemire

Canada
Biologist, Explorer, Filmmaker

Gretchen C. Daily

Gretchen C. Daily

United States of America
Professor, Stanford University

Emil Salim

Emil Salim

Indonesia
Chairman of the Advisory Council to the President of Indonesia
Former Minister of State for Population and the Environment



Special Prize for the International Year of Biodiversity 2010

Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel

Germany
Chancellor of Germany