A self-trained Chilean who for many years was responsible for the environmental protection of the Easter Island (Pacific Ocean) archeological sites in his capacity as head of the Rapa Nui National Park.
Dr. Juan Grau is a prominent Chilean physician, and he has been General Secretary of the "Instituto de Ecologia de Chile" since 1975. Dr. Grau has influenced national consciousness of the environment through a weekly column in the newspaper, books and lectures.
He has also initiated projects to protect wilderness areas and endangered species. He was honoured by the Scientific Society of Chile as the most outstanding ecologist for the period 1980-85.
In 1992 during the National Meeting of Science and Culture, he received the Award "Chile XXI Century".
Dr. Escobar, a marine biologist, has been responsible for the scientific coordination of projects at CPPS, the coordinating body of the South-East Pacific Action Plan since 1983.
Dr. Escobar established marine pollution studies and environmental impact assessment in Colombia and is the coordinator of studies on the implications of climatic change in the S. E. Pacific.
In 1955 Dr. Stutzin, a lawyer, founded the Union of Friends and Animals and in 1967 the National Committee for the Defense of Fauna and Flora (CODEFF). He is a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission and a member of the IUCN Environmental Law and Policy Commission.
Dr. Stutzin has written extensively on nature conservation and animal protection. He campaigned successfully on Chile's ratification of CITES and was instrumental in lobbying Chile to put an end to whaling. In 1976, Mr. Stutzin initiated the successful campaign to preserve Lake Chungara, the highest lake in the world.