- On 3rd Dec 2016, the United Nations paid tribute to 3 activists who were awarded a top prize for biodiversity protection.
- Alfonso Aguirre-Muñoz (Mexico), Dr. Yury Darman (Russia) and Dr. Vandana Shiva (India) were recognized with the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity.
- Aguirre-Muñoz has been working hard for four decades on the conservation and sustainable management of coasts, islands and seas, with emphasis on the Mexican insular ecosystems. 59 populations of invasive mammals were removed from 37 islands throughout Mexico which is the restoration of more than 50,000 hectares of unique insular habitat, with wide impacts for global biodiversity.
- Yury Darman is a champion of the Russian conservation movement who took leadership in the elaboration and implementation of the Programme for Protected Area Network development which is 2 million hectares of protected areas including innovative arrangements related to national parks and ecological corridors conserving protecting 25% of Amur tigers.
- Vandana Shiva has dedicated her life to protect biodiversity, save seeds, and promote traditional organic farming methods that protect farmers’ rights. Dr. Shiva founded Navdanya, a network of seed keepers and organic producers spread across 18 states in India that provides training on sustainable agriculture and agro-ecological techniques.
- The MIDORI Prize is a biennial international prize organized by the AEON Environmental Foundation and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity at global, regional or local levels.
- Each winner is awarded a commemorative gift, plaque and a monetary prize of $100,000 to support their work.
– News Item compiled by Ajiz M K