King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation
The King Mahendra Trust, the first non-governmental environmental organisation in the Kingdom of Nepal, campaigned for the establishment of Nepal's protected areas, including two tiger reserves.
It promotes the sustainable use of natural resources.
Sir Edmund Hillary
Sir Edmund Hillary, who, with Sherpa Tenzing Norkay, was the first man to reach the summit of Mt. Everest.
He is now the New Zealand Ambassador to Nepal. There he has long been active in the preservation of forests and in the establishment of the Sagarmatha National Park in the Himalayas.
The author of the book "Fodder Trees and Tree Fodder in Nepal", published in Switzerland, and founder of "Jara Juri", a trust established to give recognition to the efforts of the grassroots in forest conservation and involve them in environmental protection and self-reliant development.
The movement has widely publicised the successful efforts of the inhabitants of many Nepalese villages and encouraged much-needed policy changes for environmental protection in Nepal.
Ms. Tamrakar has for many years presented environmental programmes on Radio Nepal which have increased awareness of the need for the protection of the Himalayan kingdom's threatened environments.
Ram Prit Yadav
Mr. Yadav conducted the surveys, which in 1973 led to establishment of the first national park in Nepal, Royal Chitwan National Park, and two other protected areas.
He played a leading role in the subsequent establishment of a breeding centre for the then threatened slender-snouted crocodile - the gharial - which has since thrived.
The Ghandruk Conservation and Development Committee
The Ghandruk Conservation and Development Committee is a grassroots local organization formed in 1987 under the guidance of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).
The Committee comprises local people from Ghandruk village who have the knowledge and wisdom in traditional resource management including forest management. The Committee is also involved in environmentally sound small-scale development activities in order to enhance the quality of life of the local people. The Committee has been working to solve local environmental problems such as deforestation, landslides and pollution from tourism in the Annapurna Sanctuary area. The Committee has brought an innovative approach to conservation with sustainable rural development.
In 1992, the Ghandruk Conservation and Development Committee won the J. Paul Getty Wildlife Conservation Prize for its environmental efforts.
Women Environment Preservation Committee - (WEPCO)
The Women Environment Preservation Comittee (WEPCO) is a non-profit organization established in 1992 by a group of housewives from Lalitpur in response to a growing awareness that the environment in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal was in danger.
The growing volume of waste caused by increasing population and excessive consumption is one of the most urgent problems in the City of Kathmandu. As a result, WEPCO has made 'disorganized garbage' its priority.
WEPCO's goal is to enable the people of Kathmandu to have a clean and healthy environment through the initiatives of local women and students. The bulk of waste generated by households is kitchen waste. In Nepal most kitchen work is done by women. Women decide what, when and where to throw garbage.
WEPCO has completed more than 100 training sessions on environmental awareness among community women and schools. It has several women's environment groups working in Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City. WEPCO has formed 90 clubs in schools, involving more than 6,000 students in six districts. Students of eco-clubs help create awareness of household waste management in their communities.
WEPCO, which collects and manages garbage from more than 3,000 households from Lalitpur, has proved that using the three "R" principle (reduce, reuse and recycle) at the community level can control waste pollution problems in an urban municipality. WEPCO established demonstration sites for paper recycling and organic and vermin compost and has supported many households to start their own composting.
WEPCO has a staff of 15 women and 10 men who are supported through the sale of recycled paper and garbage collection services. WEPCO is involved at the policy level to promote advocacy against the burning of waste, and teh expansion of waste management at the community level.