Nominations are open for the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2020, an international biennial prize which is co-organised by the AEON Environment Foundation and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

The prize aims to raise public awareness about the importance of biodiversity and to contribute to the objectives of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity 2011 – 2020. The Prize honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. It aims to encourage positive action for biodiversity and inspire others by showcasing the notable work of those whom it honors.

The MIDORI Prize was established by the AEON Environmental Foundation in 2010 to mark the United Nations International Year of Biodiversity, the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity held in Nagoya, Japan, and the 20th anniversary of the AEON Environmental Foundation. The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity will be organized for the sixth time in 2020.

Prize Information

The Prize is awarded every two years to three individuals who are each honored at a special award ceremony and who each receive a wooden plaque, a commemorative gift and a monetary prize of 100,000 US dollars.


The Award Ceremony for the MIDORI Prize will be held in Tokyo, Japan on September 18, 2020 prior to the –fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 15). Following the Award Ceremony, a commemorative lecture meeting by the Prize Winners and 30th anniversary ceremony of the foundation will be held.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The engagement of and collaboration between all stakeholders, including individual citizens, governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, researchers and the private sector are essential to safeguard the Earth’s biodiversity. Recognizing this, the MIDORI Prize is open to everyone contributing to conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in the field of practical action, science, policy or public awareness.
  • Candidates must satisfy at least one of the following requirements:
    • Achievement: Have made outstanding achievements that greatly contribute to biodiversity
    • Potential: Have the ability to influence future activities related to biodiversity
    • Impact: Have conducted work which has impacts on various activities for biodiversity around the world
  • Accomplishment will be assessed on its:
    • 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


For more information, visit MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity.


Closing date of Event
Monday, 30 March, 2020
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