Fundacion para la Defensa del Ambiente (FUNAM)
FUNAM was awarded the "Conservar el Futuro" Annual Prize by the National Park Administration and the Bigua Prize from Cordoba's non-governmental organisations (NG0s). As an NGO FUNAM developed research, environmental education and a wide environmental network. Its "Children's Environment Defenders Club" has a membership of more than 1,000 children. FUNAM has participated in radio and television programmes. Since 1982 FUNAM conducted more than 50 courses on environmental issues, and its booklets and technical proposals are widely used in Argentina. FUNAM also contributed to the closure of Los Gigantes Uranium mining, and started national and international campaigns against environmental destruction.
A journalist and the author of several books, who has promoted environmental awareness influencing public opinion on the environment in Argentina through his writings and radio-TV programmes.
As an educator he has developed the concept of social ecology applied to the creation of "green ways of living", creating both in his country and in Brazil an experimental college: The "eco-multiversity."
Raul Alberto Montenegro
Mr. Montenegro is a biologist from Argentina. He was awarded the prize for scientific research at Buenos Aires University, the environment prize at Tucuman's University and included in the honours list of the USA Academy for Educational Development.
He wrote the ecology pages of La Voz del Interior newspaper from 1983 to 1988 (130,000 issues daily). He was president of the Argentine Association of Ecology and vice-president of Greenpeace Argentina. He is the author of 28 laws and regulations on environment, among them the environment law of the province of Cordoba, the first law of its kind in Argentina. He has written more than 80 specialised articles, 500 on environmental protection and 21 books. He chaired the children's campaign for peace and life that worked with more than 400,000 children. He has contributed through radio and television to the mobilisation of public opinion in Argentina in defense of the environment and against the arms race and nuclear power.
Walter Atilio Fontana
When Mr. Fontana was only 15 years old he was already a dedicated ecologist. At 22 he was an environmental writer and in 1984 he founded the Juvenile Action and Ecological Fight Centre (CALEJ), which promotes environmental education using mass media and teachers. Since 1989 he has presided the Fundacion de Accion Ecologica and organised over 60 courses for teachers and social instructors. In 1990 he became president of the organising committee for the "World Year of the Children and the Environment" held in 18 Argentine cities. He is director of an environmental magazine "Foro Ecologista" ("Ecologist Forum") and writes and directs radio programmes.
In 1988, Jorge Cappato, lecturer and environmentalist, was honoured with the highest national environmental award, known as "Conserving the Future" by the Ministry of Environment.
He is the author of Man and his Environment and has written over 1000 articles as Editor of the daily paper El Litoral and over 400 articles for schools. He has initiated various seminars on the environment, including the first meeting of Argentina's environmental NG0s. He is also responsible for the implementation of UNEPs campaign "A Tree for Every Child" in Argentina. He is the author of the chapter about Ecology in the "New Encyclopedia of the Province of Santa Fe", published in 1991, and recipient of the "St Clare of Assisi" award, a very important recognition at national level, for his journalistic works on health and the environment.
"In 2001 he was designated National Coordinator of Fundacion PROTEGER - Friends of the Earth Argentina Federation". He is a Board Member, Foro Global 500 Environmental Forum; and Non-governmental focal point for CEPA-Ramsar.
Dr. Lilian Corra is a medical doctor with a strong commitment to environmental education and protection. She was one of the first doctors in Argentina to highlight environmental factors which can cause diseases. She has also promoted environmental epidemiological research in order to reach an accurate diagnosis and to offer preventive action. She is an active participant in environmental education activities focusing on environmental health, both in Argentina and abroad.
Since 1993, she has been a member of the International Society of Doctors for the Environment which comprises some 40,000 members. In 1992, she founded the Asociación Argentina de Medicos por el Medio Ambiente (Argentine Association of Doctors for the Environment), and is today its president. In 1991, she co-founded the Fundación Proteger para el Desarollo Sostenible y la Salud (Proteger Foundation for Sustainable Development and Health). She is a member of the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology and of the Global Environmental Epidemiology Network.
She has participated in a number of international fora, including the Earth Summit (Brazil/1992), City 93 (Belgium/1993), and Food and Human Health (Germany/1994). Since 1991, she has been co-presenter of `Salud Para Todos' (Health for Everyone) - a pioneering radio programme on environment and health.
Dr. Reuben Americo Marti
Dr. Reuben Marti is a professor at the National University of Cordoba and former Mayor of Cordoba, the second largest city in Argentina. He is the author of Cordoba's first Environment Regulation, which established compulsory environment impact assessment (EIA). The regulation, written by Dr. Marti, was used as a model by a large number of regional governments, including Tucuman, Neuquen and Mendoza. Through this regulation, two unprecedented organizations have been created, namely the State Environment Council, open to NGOs and the general public, and the Environmental Brigade of Volunteers.
Known in Argentina as the Green Mayor, he empowered citizens and groups and developed an unprecedented green policy. As mayor, he created the Free University of the Environment (the first of its kind in Argentina). This University is open to every citizen, even illiterate ones through its 'University on Wheels' programme and TV documentaries. Most of the 18 TV documentaries are broadcast on cable TV in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Bolivia and Paraguay.
Dr. Marti created the 'Environment Observatory', which includes one of the best equipped laboratories in Latin America, two laboratory trucks and a network of mobile stations. He also created 10 urban parks with a total surface of 190 hectares. During his administration, 300,000 trees were planted, and he promoted the decentralization of the municipal administration, creating nine centers of popular participation. In addition to their administrative role, these centers are used as theatres, markets for handicrafts, gymnastics and training courses.
He also developed a more sustainable public transport system and an unprecedented 200 km-long bicycle path throughout the City, as well as a recycling system for home waste, which today covers 60% of the City. He also created a botanical garden.
Dr. Marti is President of the Latin American Chapter of the International Union of Local Authorities and Vice-President of the World Association of Mayor Metropolis.