Winners: Dr. Akira Miyawaki, Dr. Emil Salim
Dr. Miyawaki will give his lecture in Japanese. Dr. Salim will give his lecture in English. There will be no simultaneous interpretation.
Please send an email to b-planet[AT]nies.go.jp by November 10 if you are planning to attend.
This year marks the 15th awarding of the Blue Planet Prize, the international environmental award sponsored by the Asahi Glass Foundation, chaired by Hiromichi Seya. Two Blue Planet Prizes are awarded to individuals or organizations each year that make outstanding achievements in scientific research and its application, and in so doing help to solve global environmental problems. Both recipients will be awarded a certificate of merit, a commemorative trophy and a supplementary award of 50 million yen.
Director, Japanese Center for International Studies in Ecology (JISE)
Emeritus Professor, Yokohama National University
Dr. Miyawaki put forward the forest restoration/reconstruction theory based on the concept of "Potential natural vegetation", or restoration of the habitat's indigenous vegetation in accordance with its natural conditions. He has investigated the vegetation of whole of Japan with the cooperation of plant ecology laboratories from universities throughout Japan, and edited and published "Vegetation of Japan", a 10 volume series with both existing vegetation maps as well as potential natural vegetation maps over 6,000 pages text, which became a culmination of vegetation research in Japan. He then implemented his theory based on the investigation in more than 1500 locations in Japan and abroad. In 20 to 30 years, he restored a natural disaster prevention/environment conservation forest close to a natural forest domestically. He also succeeded in reconstructing tropical rain forests overseas. He has exhibited the possibility and results in restoring the green on earth which is the foundation of the ecosystem.
Professor, Faculty of Economics and Post Graduate Course,
University of Indonesia
Former Minister of Population and Environment, Republic of Indonesia
Since the early 1980s when the United Nations began in earnest to undertake the resolution of environmental problems on a global scale, Dr. Salim has contributed to the development of global environmental policies as a representative of Asia, as well as guiding environmental strategies in the developing region of Asia as a whole. He served as the Environment Minister of Indonesia for 15 years as the country followed a path of economic development. He pioneered the development of the idea of integrating environmental considerations into development plans, and presented a model for sustainable development while also dedicating his efforts to establishing environmental governance in Indonesia. Dr. Salim's innovative achievements have been highly acclaimed internationally. As a result he has not only filled significant roles in the leading environmental activities of the United Nations, including the World Commission on Environment and Development and the Johannesburg Summit, but enhanced Asian presence at global discussions about environmental problems.
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