Lily Venizelos is the founder and president of Medasset, the Mediterranean association to save the sea turtles - the unique organisation of experts working is this area.
She has devoted the last decade to an international campaign to protect these ancient creatures throughout the Mediterranean. By unceasing lobbying of ther Greek government, she has secured protective measures for caretta caretta in their most important breeding ground, on the island of Zakyrithos.
Through the media, writing articles and papers and attending symposia and conferences, she keeps the plight of these species in the public eye.
In 1982 George Livanos formed the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association (HELMEPA).
Since the creation of HELMEPA, this prominent Greek shipping magnate has lead a number of campaigns to reduce ship-generated marine pollution.
A prominent Greek journalist who has written extensively in newspapers and magazines on a wide range of environmental issues such as acid rain, pollution and endangered species. In 1991, he wrote the book "The forest: the Silent Tragedy or the end of Life". He also works as press officer of WWF Greece.
Dr. Sotiriadou has made important contributions to research on inner city rehabilitation. She has considerable influence on environmental policy in Greece and has represented her country in international environmental organisations.
Professor Margaris, a Greek ecologist, has researched widely on ecosystem management in the Mediterranean and championed environmental issues in Greece through newspapers and TV programmes.
Dr. Skoulikidis has conducted important research on impacts of air pollution on historic monuments, particularly the acropolis in Athens. His studies of atmospheric sulphur dioxide and its effect on marble assist in the restoration of ancient monuments.
A self-trained social worker who has led successful campaigns for environmental legislation in Greece and against pollution of the Gulf of Patras.
Among his other achievement are protecting the coastal forests and wetlands of Kalogria.
A journalist with Gynaika, the leading women's magazine in Greece. Since 1975, she has influenced public opinion through her writing on ecosystems, global climate, hazardous wastes, desertification, wildlife, pollution of the seas and birth defects caused by pollution.
Niki Goulandris is known as a dynamic achiever in environmental awareness campaigns. She is an artist, naturalist, museum director, former minister of social services, past president of the Greek National Tourism Organisation, past president of the Hellenic Radio-Television and President of the Save the Children Federation in Greece.
Recently, Niki Goulandris has been elected "Woman of Europe" by the EC Commission, received the Order of Officier du Legion d'Honneur de la France and was appointed to the Board of Governors of the International Development Research Centre of Canada and the United Nations.
With her husband Angelos, she founded the Goulandris Natural History Museum, acknowledged worldwide for promoting the study in Greek fauna and flora, for its significant scientific research in wetland and forest conservation and for its youth educational programmes.
The Goulandris Museum's contribution to ecology (Delphi: Man and Environment), has been awarded the "European Museum of the Year" 1984 title by the Council of Europe and has been presented the Onassis International Prize. Niki Goulandris is also an internationally-known botanical painter.
Hellenic Marine Environment Protection
The Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association (HELMEPA) Junior aims to promote the voluntary participation of children, between the ages of eight and 15, in the protection of seas and beaches. HELMEPA has an education programme, which operates in 12 geographical areas of Greece. With the support of the Ministry of Education, HELMEPA implements its programme whereby students are organized into groups of 10 and are asked to execute during the year, 12 of the following activities: voluntary clean-ups of beaches, lakes, rivers or streams; recycling of cans, paper or glass in their schools; creation and dissemination of information material; presentations at schools or at parent associations; publication of a newsletter; writing letters to the local press; presentation of group activities to the media, dissemination of information material to visitors in their area; cooperation with other HELMEPA Junior groups; creation/distribution of posters; production of audio materials with environmental messages; development of comic books starring seabirds and other marine animals; production of a weekly or monthly radio show; and conducting polls among the local population. HELMEPA produces a newsletter, which reports on the progress of the groups, and provides teachers with updated information on the marine environment and its integration into the curriculum. HELMEPA set up a permanent and mobile exhibition. More than 170,000 children have visited the exhibit to which they are transported free of charge.