Monday, 18 July 2011 17:33

Shigeyuki Okajima

Shigeyuki Okajima

A leading Japanese journalist (now, Executive director of The Japan Environmental Education Forum) who has for 10 years been active in conservation and anti-pollution movements. During 1986 and 1987, through his newspaper, the Yomiuri Shimbun, he conducted major information campaigns on global environmental issues.

Mr. Okajima was coordinator and chairman of the 1987 Tokyo international journalists symposium on the environment.

Monday, 18 July 2011 17:30

Professor Hideo Obara

Professor Hideo Obara

An eminent zoologist who for over 40 years has been active in conservation and public education. He is the author of more than 100 books and papers on mammals and wildlife conservation etc., and is a leading campaigner against reopens Ivory Trade and whaling in Japan and abroad.

He has held many responsible positions as a volunteer: "former" Chairman of TRAFFIC-Japan; board member of WWF-Japan (Chairman of Conservation Committee); Director General of the Nature Conservation Society of Japan; and "recently" Representative Board Member of Japan Environmental Council; Advisor of IUCN and SCC; President of Japan Wildlife Conservation Society etc.

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

NRDC is a leading international NGO specialising in environmental management.

Using its scientific, legal and political expertise, the council campaigns for conservation of ecosystems and wildlife, and lobbies for safe technology transfer to developing nations.

Monday, 18 July 2011 17:24

Pisit Na Patalung

Pisit Na Patalung

As Secretary-General of Wildlife Fund - Thailand, Pisit Na Patalung has provided exemplary leadership in public awareness and implementation of wildlife and natural resource conservation projects particularly among villagers in his country.

Monday, 18 July 2011 17:22

Norman Myers

Norman Myers

An environmental scientist whose research and other work over the past three decades have focussed public attention and political leadership on critical environmental issues.

He has written numerous articles and books, which have influenced public opinion and policy in favour of the conservation of ecosystems and natural resources throughout the world.

Monday, 18 July 2011 17:21

T. Muller

T. Muller

Mr. Muller established in 1962 a 68-hectare botanical garden on the outskirts of Harare which has replicas of every major ecosystem in Zimbabwe.

The garden has important aesthetic and academic values. In 1987 he added a small vegetation survey unit to the National Herbarium and Botanic Garden with the aim of classifying and mapping the vegetation of Zimbabwe and making recommendation for biodiversity reserves.

He also carried out a detailed ecological survey of the approximately 80 km of rainforest, which occurs in Zimbabwe and made recommendation regarding its conservation.

Monday, 18 July 2011 17:18

Dr. Bruno Messerli

Dr. Bruno Messerli, Universitat Bern

Dr. Messerli has researched and written extensively on mountains of Africa, the Himalayas, the Andes, the Mediterranean region and the Alps and mountain ecology and climate change.

He is the Chairman of the International Geographical Union's Commission on Mountain Ecology and a member of an international task force of scientists who brought forward the mountain chapter into the agenda 21 of UNCED 92.

He is former rector of the University of Berne, and winner of several scientific awards.

Monday, 18 July 2011 17:16

Abdelwaheb Marrakchi

Abdelwaheb Marrakchi

Mr. Marrakchi, forestry engineer and regional head of Sejenane, Medenine Kairouan, Jendouba forestry divisions and of Sfax, has made many practical contributions, namely in preservation and promotion of forests in north of Tunisia and in desertification especially in sand dune fixation, pasture improvement and soil erosion control and fixation in several arid regions of Tunisia.

Monday, 18 July 2011 17:12

Pierre Malychef

Pierre Malychef

A Lebanese pharmacist and ecologist who has documented rare medicinal plants and is active in pollution control, afforestation and general engineering of high yield wheat varieties.

Monday, 18 July 2011 17:09

Andrew and Kate Lipkis

Andrew and Kate Lipkis

Mr. Kipkis founded the "Treepeople" organization in Los Angeles in 1973. This community movement has planted more than one million smog-resistant trees and promotes tree planting by citizens' groups.