The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity
The Prize Winners

*Winner's profile when a prize was won.

The Prize Winners 2018

Kathy MacKinnon (U.K.)

Chair, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA)

Kathy MacKinnon

After engaging in field research as a biologist in Indonesia for ten years, Dr. Kathy MacKinnon was appointed as the Lead Biodiversity Specialist of the World Bank. She contributed to numerous projects to strengthen biodiversity conservation and natural resource management in many developing countries in Africa, Asia and Central and South America. She has been cooperating with multiple stakeholders and focusing on mainstreaming of biodiversity in the development programs and securing local sustainable livelihood. Currently she is serving as the Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) and she has been contributing greatly to the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.
Outline of the winner
Dr. Kathy MacKinnon CV

Assad Serhal (Lebanon)

Director General, Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL)

Assad Serhal

During the civil war in Lebanon, Mr. Assad Serhal established the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) to protect the natural heritage of Lebanon. Finding that Western models for nature conservation and management did not resonate with local communities in the Middle East, SPNL revitalized “Hima” (“protected area” in Arabic), the community-based traditional system for area-based conservation. Mr. Serhal has contributed to the establishment of 22 Himas covering terrestrial, wetland and marine ecosystems and successfully conserving wildlife habitat, pasture land and water resources. They have also empowered the communities and brought the communities a sustainable livelihood. This approach has been adopted elsewhere in the region.
Outline of the winner
Mr. Assad Serhal CV

Abdul Hamid Zakri (Malaysia)

Former Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia

Abdul Hamid Zakri

Dr. Abdul Hamid Zakri has been contributing to the observation, analysis and evaluation of global biodiversity and ecosystem services in a career spanning more than four decades, promoting nature conservation and restoration, and contributing to the sustainability of the environment. As a co-chair of the UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) and founding chair of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service (IPBES), he played an important role in raising awareness of biodiversity among global leaders. He also contributed to the promotion of SATOYAMA initiative.
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Dr. Abdul Hamid Zakri CV

The Prize Winners 2016

Alfonso Aguirre-Muñoz

Alfonso Aguirre-Muñoz

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

Yury Darman

Yury Darman

Russia
Director, Amur Branch, WWF Russia

Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva

India
Founder and Director, Navdanya

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