Sawroop Krishna Sharma
In 1988 Mr. Sharma established a "Green Library of Environmental Sciences", the first of its kind in India.
He has organised several national and international exhibitions and seminars, to promote environmental conservation and sustainable development.
He is secretary of the Environmental Society of India, an NGO active in environmental awareness, research and training which he founded in 1976 (the first in India).
Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS)
The Bombay Natural History Society has played a crucial role in protecting India's wildlife. Started more than a century ago, the Society pioneered wildlife research in the subcontinent. This has helped save many species and habitats, for instance the restoration of the Great Indian Bustard populations.
The Society has been especially successful in establishing a scientific basis for conservation and sustainable development programmes. Its publications have stimulated public interest in wildlife and conservation. The experience and achievements of the society offer valuable lessons to other conservation organizations, especially those in developing countries.
Dr. Ghosh has made a major environmental contribution by identifying the wetlands east of Calcutta as the world's largest resource recovery system. For almost a decade he campaigned for conservation of this great ecosystem and also developed technology options from the traditional practice of wastewater aquaculture. His wetland designs have been adopted for four other towns in West Bengal under the Ganga Action Plan of the Government of India.
Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad (KSSP)
The KSSP is an NGO active since 1962 in the area of environmental protection and rational use of natural resources.
KSSP is a grassroots organization with over 50,000 members of 1300 units. It won the Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar, the highest environmental award in India, in 1988. Its campaign was primarily responsible for saving the silent valley tropical evergreen forests from being destroyed by a hydro electric project.
KSSP is currently engaged in a project in alternative land use practices with the participation of the people in selected hill slope areas in Kerala.
Dr. Gunavantrai Oza
Dr. Oza, a botanist, is a member of the lUCN Commissions on Ecology, National Parks and Protected Areas and on Education and Communication and Emeritus Member of the Species Survival Commission. Mr. Oza is the Founding Editor of Environmental Awareness - a quarterly journal. He carried out field studies for nearly two decades in the Dachigam Sanctuary to assess the status of the Hangul (Kashmir Deer), and to protect it from threatened extinction.
Murlidhar (Baba Amte)
20 years ago, Mr. Amte, popularly known as "Baba", established Anandwan, a settlement for leprosy victims in central India. Anandwan now houses 2,500 leprosy victims and 500 blind children who grow food by using fertiliser produced from biogas reactors. They also produce energy for cooking and lighting by feeding organic matter and human excrement into the central biogas unit. Recently Anandwan has adopted North African technology which enables them to building the roof structures of houses without using wood. "Baba" Amte has also directed efforts toward saving forests and indigenous populations from the degradation used by dam projects.
Biplab Bhushan Basu
Mr. Basu founded the Young Scientists Society in Calcutta in 1964, now called the School of Fundamental Research. The School has dedicated 28 years to spreading scientific and environmental awareness to the grassroot level by developing innovative environmental management programmes. The Natural Forest Revival Programmes have regenerated more than 7,000 hectares of natural forest by adding millions of tree saplings to and degraded forested areas. Over the last five years more than 3,000 hectares have been protected from soil erosion and more than 5,000 hectares of wasteland could be biologically reclaimed. Basu has conducted over 100 training camps for village youths and his school comprises 200 active eco-volunteers.
M. K. Ranjitsinh
Dr. Ranjitsinh has served as Regional Adviser in Nature Conservation for UNEP's regional office for the Asia and Pacific regions, and was instrumental in preparing national conservation strategies for Thailand and Bangladesh. He assisted in the elaboration of a cooperative environment programme for the South Asian Countries, and the International Convention on Migratory Species of Wildlife. Dr. Ranjitsinh was director of the Wildlife Department from 1973-75 and was instrumental in planning the funding of new national parks and sanctuaries in India.
M. A. Partha Sarathy
Partha Sarathy, Chairman of the Commission for Education of IUCN, founded the first "Tree Brigade" to motivate and educate the people in India on planning and protection of trees.
As Chairman of the first IUCN Task Force on the Asian Elephant, he founded four regional offices of the World Wide Fund for Nature. With his personal financial means and influence he has devoted the past 25 years to the cause of conservation education in India and worldwide.
He is well known through his radio programme "Environmental School on the Air". He established and taught at a school for children in an elephant forest.
Veer Bhadra Mishra
Dr. Mishra founded the Sankat Mochan Foundation in 1982, with the objective of launching the "Swaccha Ganga" ("Clean the Ganges") project to protect the River Ganges from pollution. It was the first organized action by an NGO geared towards public education and awareness building to embrace the entire Ganga Basin.
Dr. Mishra is a professor of Hydraulics and Water Resources Engineering at Banaras Hindu University and Head Priest of the Sankat Mochen Temple in Varanas