Former science adviser gets international Midori Prize 2018

Former science adviser to the prime minister, Zakri Abdul Hamid. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Former science adviser to the prime minister, Zakri Abdul Hamid, was today announced as one of the three winners of the Midori Prize for Biodiversity 2018.

The two other winners are chair of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Kathy MacKinnon and director-general of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon, Assad Serhal.

The Midori prize is a prestigious biennial international awards event co-hosted by AEON Environmental Foundation (AEF) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

It is aimed at raising public awareness on the importance of biodiversity and to contribute to the objectives of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020.

In a statement issued by the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), AEF chairman Takuya Okada said the conservation of the world’s biodiversity and prevention of climate change are two of the greatest challenges of our time.

“We hope the Midori Prize will contribute to meeting this global challenge through mainstreaming biodiversity and promoting further actions to safeguard biodiversity.”

The recipients will be awarded a prize money of US$100,000 (RM415,300) each to support their work, besides a plaque and a commemorative gift.

They will be honoured and deliver a public lecture at the awards ceremony on Oct 31 in Tokyo.

The three winners will also be featured in a video and an exhibition at the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, to be held from Nov 17 to 29 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

The Midori Prize for Biodiversity was established in 2010 on the occasion of AEF’s 20th anniversary, which coincided with the celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity.