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UNEP-WCMC Trustee announced as winner of MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity

11 October 2018
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UNEP-WCMC would like to congratulate Dr Kathy MacKinnon, a UNEP-WCMC Board Member since 2015, on being one of this year’s winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity.

The MIDORI Prize, a prestigious biennial international prize organized by the AEON Environmental Foundation and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), honours individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity at global, regional, or local levels.

Dr MacKinnon, currently serving as the Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), has also served as Lead Biodiversity Specialist of the World Bank and has worked for over 30 years to strengthen biodiversity conservation and natural resource management in countries across Africa, Asia and Central and South America.

All the winners receive a monetary prize of 100,000 US dollars to support their work and are invited to speak at an award ceremony on 31 October 2018 in Tokyo Japan. They will also be featured in a video and an exhibition at the Conference of the Parties to the CBD which will be held from 17 to 29 November 2018 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

The other winners are Mr. Assad Serhal, Director General of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon, and Dr. Abdul Hamid Zakri, Former Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia. 

Neville Ash, Director of UNEP-WCMC, said: “It’s wonderful to see Kathy receive such well-deserved recognition, and we feel privileged to have her on our Board at UNEP-WCMC.

“We benefit enormously from her wealth of experience in promoting protected areas as natural solutions to global challenges, and on mainstreaming biodiversity conservation in development planning, policy and practice, and we extend to her our warmest congratulations.”

Mr Takuya Okada, Chairman of the AEON Environmental Foundation, added: “The conservation of the world’s biodiversity and the prevention of climate change are two of the greatest challenges of our time. We hope that the MIDORI Prize will contribute to meeting this global challenge through mainstreaming biodiversity and promoting further actions to safeguard biodiversity.” 

“The three exceptional individuals who have been awarded this year’s MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and the fair and equitable sharing of its benefits,” said Dr. Cristiana PaČ™ca Palmer, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity. “I sincerely congratulate the 2018 winners for their numerous achievements. Their work represents the kind of energy, action and inspiration we need to improve the relationship between humans and nature.”

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