The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity
The Prize Winners
*Winner's profile when a prize was won.
The Prize Winners 2016
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.
Director, Amur Branch, WWF Russia (Russia)
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.
Founder and Director, Navdanya (India)
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
President, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), India
Distinguished Professor, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Chair, Ghana National Biodiversity Committee
Director, Vicuñas, Camelids and Environment (VICAM)
Principal Researcher, National Research Council (CONICET) Argentina
The Prize Winners 2012
Juan Carlos Castilla
Professor, Marine Ecology, Department of Ecology, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
President, Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio)
Honorary President, Center for Natural Resources Management and Environmental Studies (CRES),
Vietnam National University, Hanoi
The Prize Winners 2010
Biologist, Explorer, Filmmaker
Gretchen C. Daily
United States of America
Professor, Stanford University
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
Chancellor of Germany