The Awards for Biodiversity
The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity, an international prize, and the Japan Awards for Biodiversity, a domestic prize, were established with the aim of promoting biodiversity conservation and sustainable use. They are awarded biennially in recognition of individuals and organizations which have engaged in striking environmental conservation activities.
The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity (International Prize)
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:
Contribution to conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity
Long-term perspective and continuity
Creativity and originality
Openness for civil society
Efficacy and influence
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 Japan Awards for Biodiversity (Domestic Prize)
This award was founded in 2009 ahead of the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP10) held in Japan in 2010.
The Biodiversity Japan Award
Since ancient times, Japan’s inhabitants have lived in harmony with nature. However, major changes came to Japan due to land development during the high economic growth period and to the revolutions of fuels and fertilizers in the 1960s. The traditional relationships between humans and nature were disrupted, and biodiversity loss is emerging as a critical issue. Accordingly, in Japan, the conservation of local values and knowledge and the development and implementation of original methodologies are very much in demand.
In order to work on this issue, AEON Environmental Foundation established the "The Japan Awards for Biodiversity" (domestic prize) in 2009, in commemoration of the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP10) in Nagoya, Japan.
Since their establishment, the Awards have been conducted every two years, in odd-numbered years.
The aim of the Awards is to honour five projects carried out by organizations or individuals in Japan that have made outstanding contributions and have had an impact on future activities for biodiversity, as the Grand Prix and four Excellence Awards. The Grand Prix recipient is awarded a certificate and a monetary prize of two million yen. Also, each Excellence Award recipient is awarded a certificate and a monetary prize of one million yen.
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