The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2012
- Juan Carlos Castilla
Professor, Marine Ecology, Department of Ecology, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
- As "the pioneer of South American marine ecology,” Dr. Castilla has been involved in national strategies promoting the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. He worked with governments, coastal and more marginalized artisanal fisher communities, and proved that the small scale Marine Protected Area is effective for sustainably developing the community as well as growing a green economy.
- Rodrigo Gámez-Lobo
- Costa Rica
President, Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio)
- Dr. Gámez founded and initiated the INBio in Costa Rica, a country of mega-diversity. He provided a successful model for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity to the world in various fields including the inventorying of biodiversity, environmental education, bioprospecting, policy and legislation, land use management/technical assistance, capacity building and eco tourism.
- Vo Quy
- Viet Nam
Honorary President, Center for Natural Resources Management and Environmental Studies (CRES), Vietnam National University, Hanoi
- Dr. Quy, who took the initiative to involve rural communities as the main proponents of the country’s nature conservation and reforestation program, is rightly called the father of Vietnam’s environmental conservation movement. He showed a model of the conservation and rehabilitation of nature, offering hope that lands devastated by urbanization or warfare can be regenerated.