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Kathy MacK, Assad Serhal and Abdul Hamid Zakri win 2018 MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity

Thursday October 11, 2018 7:49 PM, News Network

MIDORI Prize Winners 2018

Tokyo: Dr. Kathy MacKinnon of United Kingdom, Assad Serhal of Lebanon and Dr. Abdul Hamid Zakri of Malaysia have been on Thursday declared winners of MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2018.

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

Dr. Kathy MacKinnon

Dr. Kathy MacKinnon was appointed as the Lead Biodiversity Specialist of the World Bank after engaging in field research as a biologist in Indonesia for ten years. She has contributed to numerous projects to strengthen biodiversity conservation and natural resource management in many developing countries in Africa, Asia and Central and South America.

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.

Assad Serhal

Assad Serhal established during the civil war in Lebanon 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.

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.

Dr. 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.

According to AEON Environmental Foundation, each of the prize winners is awarded a commemorative gift, plaque and a monetary prize of 100,000 US dollars to support their work. The winners will be honoured at an Award Ceremony to be held on 31 October 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

Public lectures will be delivered by the prize winners at Winners’ Forum on the same day. The three prize winners will be featured in a video and exhibition at the fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity which will be held from 17th to 29th November 2018 at Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

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