International Midori Prize of the Aeon Foundation, Japan for Biodiversity 2014

International Midori Prize of the Aeon Foundation, Japan, citing the important work of ATREE.

Dr. Kamal Bawa has made intellectual contributions to biodiversity science through ground-breaking research on conservation and rural livelihoods in biodiversity hotspots, publishing nearly 200 research articles and 10 books or monographs. He discovered new modes of reproduction in tropical forest trees that changed prevailing notions about their ecology and evolution; he developed a new class of genetic markers for tropical forest trees, and showed that forest fragmentation, widespread in the tropics, depletes biodiversity; he developed new paradigms and tools for conservation; explored synergies between conservation and social goals such as poverty reduction; and identified conservation priorities in biodiversity hotspots.