Thilo Walter Hoffman
Mr. Hoffmann, a Swiss national, is a committed conservationist. He continues active involvement in many fields including coast conservation and wetland protection in Sri Lanka.
He is an office bearer of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society, actively involved in the preparation for the society's centenary in 1994. Much of Mr. Hoffmann's time and energies are now devoted to the study and conservation of birds and their habitats in Sri Lanka.
He is the chairman of the Ceylon Bird Club and of the Sri Lanka Section of ICBR. He represents IWRB, for whom he organises the annual waterfowl census. Mr. Hoffmann regularly publishes papers on birds and other conservation subjects.
A Sri-Lankan Buddhist monk who promotes rural environmental protection.
Since 1981 ven Thera has organised more than 1,000 villagers to conserve forests and carry out afforestation programmes to protect areas threatened by development projects.
He established a model village in Galahitiya, which practices sustainable development and is an inspiration to neighbouring communities.
Ms. Mallika Wanigasundara has been a well-known journalist in Sri Lanka for more than 30 years. She has worked on the "Observer" and the "Daily News" published by the Lake House group of newspapers, in Colombo.
She is now a freelance journalist and a foreign correspondent contributing to Depthnews (Asia) based in Manila, Panos Institute in London, and the IPPF journal "People and the Planet". She also continues to contribute to the "Observer" and "Daily News" in Sri Lanka. She specialises in developmental, environmental and children's issues.
Sri Lanka Journalists Forum (SLEJF)
Sri Lanka Journalists Forum (SLEJF), founded in 1987, is a professional body of print and electronic media journalists engaged in environmental communication and awareness building. It is a registered NGO, with 278 members. To date they have trained over 350 Sri Lankan journalists on environmental reporting and sensitised them to environmental issues. They in turn have assisted in creating public awareness on sustainable development. Since the demand for training has been so high SLEJF commenced a four-month Diploma course in Environmental Journalism. They have now trained 260 students with over 4,500 applicants for last year.
Ranjen Lalith Fernando
Dr. Lalith, an NGO lobbyist, is currently President of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society of Sri Lanka. He successfully led a national and international campaign protesting against a World Bank-funded Forestry Master Plan for Sri Lanka. Co-editing a 75-page critical review of the plan, Fernando secured a UNEP/lUCN sponsored ecological reassessment of the Plan and effected major changes to it. As Co-Chairman of a National Committee of NG0s, he highlighted the environmental hazards of a proposed Coal-Powered Thermal Power Plant, deterring the ADB from funding it.
Fernando is also organising, lecturing and participating in educational and public awareness programmes on national television and in secondary schools, where protection of endangered wildlife and conservation of natural resources is being emphasised.