Mr. Araujo farms, writes and directs nature documentary films. His lectures on ecology and his newspaper and magazine articles aim at raising public awareness and protecting the environment. He is the author of 16 books, some 400 articles and has given over 300 lectures to universities throughout Spain. Araujo has directed several documentary series for television, founded several Spanish environmental societies and served as President of the first State Centre for Environmental Education in Spain.
Rose Cotta, founder member of the Soroptimist Club of Barcelona, acquired a four-hectare area of agricultural land in Catalunya Province in Spain, which had been farmed for 12 years using chemical pesticides and fertilizers.
The aim was to convert the use of conventional non-organic techniques to organic methods. As a result, natural balance returned, with soil life improving and wild plants, insects, birds and mammals coming back to the area, and it has become a success in environmentally-sound and sustainable agricultural development.
Forty-six-year-old Marti Boada of Barcelona, Spain has been involved in environmental education initiatives for more than two decades.
He established Spain's first school of natural history, which he directed for 12 years, and has founded eight non-governmental organizations: the Committee for the Protection of the Mountains of Montseny; the League for the Defense of the Natural Heritage; the Group for the Study and Documentation of Montseny-Montnegre; the Group for the Defense of the Emporda Wetlands; the Catalan Society for Environmental Education; the Valles Centre for Studies of Mediterranean Ecosystems; the Group for the Defense of the River Ter; and the Catalan Society of the History of Science and Technology. He is a member of several other environmental institutions including the Institute of Andorran Studies Catalan where he heads the environmental section and the Institute of Natural History of which he is a committee member.
Boada's written work is extensive with more than 30 books concerning mankind and the environment, 22 textbooks for students and teachers and more than 150 articles. He has also produced posters, videos and exhibitions to raise environmental awareness.
Carlos de Prada
For more than 11 years, Carlos de Prada, a journalist, environmentalist and writer, has developed radio programmes, which have had a wide-ranging influence in Spain. He is considered one of the country's greatest advocates of nature conservation among those working in the media.
He is also an environmental columnist in El Mundo - one of the more influential newspapers in Spain. His articles have bravely exposed serious environmental crimes. Through his radio programmes, de Prada has provided valuable input to solve Spain's water problems by inviting dissident voices on his programmes, which were often silenced in other media more friendly to the establishment. His programmes helped stop the 1993 proposal of Spain's water plan, which was based on the construction of grandiose hydro power works. He has campaigned against numerous projects to build dozens of dams that would have caused serious social and environmental damage. He helped save areas such as Cabaneros, (which is today a national park in the Spanish Mediterranean forest), where the Spanish and OTAN Air Force had planned to set up a dive bombing area. He was instrumental in saving Donana National Park, which had been threatened by a major urbanization plan. His work has also dealt with issues such as waste, clean energy production, biological diversity, forest fires, pollution and the preservation of ecosystems.
He is a founding member of the Association for the Recovery of Autochthonous Fauna, whose aim is the recovery of specimen of threatened species and their reintroduction into their natural habitat. De Prada is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Award for the Environment (1997), the City Council of Madrid Environment Prize (1994), the Castilla y Leon Award for Nature Conservation (1998) and the Friends of the Earth Award (1995).