A prominent Egyptian plant ecologist Prof. Kassas has served in several regional and international environmental organisations.
As President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (1978-84) he led the initiative to formulate a World Conservation Strategy (1980) and a World Charter for Nature (1981).
Arab Office for Youth and Environment (AOYE)
AOYE is the leading non-governmental organisation of its kind in the Arab world. Formed in 1978, it holds environmental seminars, workshops and training courses for young people and is involved in tree planting-campaigns. It publishes a bi-monthly bulletin and magazine, and translates proceedings of major environmental conferences into Arabic.
Irina Vasilevna Springuel
Ms. Springuel has since 1977 conducted research on vegetation in the Egyptian deserts, and studies on the ecosystem of the first cataract islands at Aswan, which led to their legislative protection in 1986.
Olfat Dessouky El-Sebaie
Dr. El-Sebaie, professor and chairman of Environmental Health Department, Alexandria University, has conducted research and field work for 22 years in Egypt on water quality, environmental health, solid waste management, hazardous wastes, women and environment and village sanitation.
She is serving the community through her membership in the drinking water authority board, ministerial committee and governmental committees on environmental pollution. In the Monofia Governorate her recommendations led to action to ensure safe drinking water supply for villagers.
She also produces regular television programmes on health and the environment. At present she is working with the ministry of health on a project funded from u.s. aid dealing with the impacts of supplying rural areas with water and sanitation on schistosomiasis transmission.
Kamal H. Batanouny
Since 1963 Professor Batanouny has extensively researched desert ecosystems and plants in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and promoted conservation of plant genetic resources. He has recently conducted a study on Islam and conservation.
For the past two decades Dr. El-Gohary, a civil engineer, has conducted applied research on water pollution and waste management. She was awarded the Egyptian State Prize for Environment in 1980 and the National Research Centre Prize for Scientific Excellence in 1986 for her contributions to environmental sciences.
For the past 35 years, Professor Halim has actively promoted the protection and management of Egypt's coastal and marine environment.
Since 1975 he has made important contributions to the pollution monitoring and research activities of the Mediterranean Action Plan, and is leader of UNEP's Task Team on the State of the Marine Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.
Ahmed Abdel-Wahab Abdel-Gawaad
Professor of Environmental Science at the Faculty of Agriculture, Moshtohor, Egypt. During the last 20 years he has written the Environmental Encyclopedia Series in Arabic, and most of his research (120 papers) hasbeen directed to the problem of environmental pollution by pesticide residues in Egypt.
Through national symposia, international congresses and his scientific television programme, and public organizations and governmental agencies, Professor Abdel-Gawaad has helped advance knowledge of pesticides in agriculture.
Association for the Protection of the Environment
The Association for the Protection of the Environment (APE) is a non-profit organization which emphasizes conservation through recycling and believes in providing the poor (especially vulnerable women's groups) with opportunities for self-advancement.
The main activity of the APE is a compost plant which collects animal manure and organic material from garbage dumps and turns it into commercially viable fertilizers, some of which is used in reclaiming Eygpt's desert land. The secondary, but rapidly expanding activity is the making of handicrafts such as rugs, bags and pillows from recycled rags.
The workers come from Mokattam Village and are young girls and women who collect garbage for a living. Due to training in the use of hand looms they are able to earn their livelihood with dignity and pride. Literacy is encouraged and cost-free classes are available on the Association's premises.
Both projects are income-generating and due to the supportive framework of the APE, the Mokattam Village women have learned to find joy and laughter within the existing context of their lives as garbage collectors.