The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity
Outline of the Prize

The engagement and collaboration of all relevant stakeholders, including citizens, governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, researchers and the private sector are essential to safeguard biodiversity. To promote such multi-stakeholder engagement and collaboration, the MIDORI Prize is open to every stakeholder contributing to conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in the field of practical action, science, policy or public awareness.


Candidates are required to satisfy at least one of the following:

  • Have made outstanding achievements that greatly contribute to biodiversity (Achievement).

  • Have the ability to influence future activities related to biodiversity (Potential).

  • Have conducted work which has impacts on various activities for biodiversity around the world (Impact).

Accomplishments will be assessed on the following:

  • International contribution

  • Contribution to conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity

  • Social contribution

  • Long-term perspective and continuity

  • Creativity and originality

  • Openness for civil society

  • Efficacy and influence

Selection Process

The solicitation of candidates shall be carried out based on nomination through the Foundation’s website. The Selection Committee conducts a first screening of the nominated candidates. Based on the list of candidates provided by the Selection Committee, the Judging Committee conducts further documentary examination. The winners are finally selected from the shortlisted candidates at the Judging Committee Meeting.

The Judging Committee for The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2018
(Honorifics omitted, as of 15 February 2018)

  • Committee Chairman

    Takuya Okada
    Chairman, AEON Environmental Foundation

  • Judges

    Cristiana Pașca Palmer
    Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity
    Representative Co-organizer of the MIDORI Prize

(Alphabetical order)

  • Kunio Iwatsuki
    Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo

    Daizaburo Kuroda
    Senior Fellow, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies

    Anne McDonald
    Professor, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Sophia University

    Shiro Wakui
    Professor, Department of Environmental and Information Studies, Tokyo City University
    Vice Chairman, Japan Committee of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity

    Hamdallah Zedan
    Chairman, Preparatory Committee for COP 14

Organization: AEON Environmental Foundation
Co-organization: Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Support: Ministry of the Environment, Japan