Prof. Kamal Bawa from UMass Boston awarded MIDORI International Prize in Biodiversity
Professor Kamal Bawa, Distinguished Professor of Biology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and President of ATREE (Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment) has been awarded the 2014 MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity. Prof. Bawa is also a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Governance and Sustainability.
The prize, organized by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the AEON Foundation, recognizes Prof. Bawa contributions to research in ecology of tropical forests, sustainable use of forests, climate change in the Himalaya, and his work to promote engagement of civil society in conservation efforts, including its leadership in setting up ATREE. ATREE s a research institute whose mission is to promote socially just environmental conservation and sustainable development. Its work focuses particularly in the Western Ghats and eastern Himalayas.
In his reaction to receiving this prestigious award, Prof. Bawa mentioned how it “underscores the importance of biodiversity to humanity and an inclusive and multidimensional approach to biodiversity conservation that my own research program at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and ATREE in India have advocated during the past few decades.” In 2012, Prof. Bawa also received the first Gunnerus Award in Sustainability Science, a major international prize.
The prize will be presented to Prof. Bawa at the next Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP12) that will be held in South Korea in October 2014, and at ceremonies at the AEON Foundation in Japan. The theme of the CBD COP12 meeting is ‘Biodiversity for Sustainable Development’.
The MIDORI prize was established by the AEON Foundation in 2010 to honor individuals who make outstanding contributions to biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of resources at local and global levels, and raised awareness about biodiversity. The prize is co-hosted by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and is regarded as a major element ‘at the service of the objectives of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020.’