Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland
The Prime Minister of Norway and Chairman of the UN World Commission on Environment and Development. Ms. Brundtland served as Minister for the Environment from 1974-1979.
In East Africa, the Foundation promotes environmental conservation and sustainable development. Its programme focuses on tree and woodfuel conservation through education and training and the dissemination of efficient cooking systems.
World Organisation of the Scout Movement
The Scout Organisation has a long history of efforts to protect natural environments and teach conservation to millions of young people all over the world.
The organisation has recently begun active cooperation with UNEP to strengthen these activities throughout its global organisation.
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.
Martin Wyatt Holdgate
A distinguished scientist and administrator who has made significant contributions to the protection of the British and global environment.
He played a leading part in the establishment of the first conservation measures for Antarctica, led scientific research on nature conservation in Britain, and was Chief Environment Scientist and Deputy Secretary (Environment Protection) in the UK Department of the Environment from 1976 to 1988. He led UK delegations to the preparatory committee for the Stockholm Conference, and played an active part in the UNEP Governing Council, of which he was president in 1983-84.
He has been Director General of IUCN - the World Conservation Union - since April 1988. He was elected interim president of the Global 500 Forum at a meeting in Rio de Janeiro in June 1992.
Mr. Dorge is at present the Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Bhutan to the United Nations. He relinquished his post as Chief Justice in 1988 and became Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Social Services until April 1991.
He successfully campaigned with the Royal Government for the Bhutan Trust Fund for the Conservation of Nature with the participation of Global Environment Facility (GEF), World Wildlife Fund (WWF-USA) and the Royal Netherlands Government. The Trust Fund was functional from March 1991. He continues to be an active campaigner in the protection of Bhutan's fragile and endangered bio-diversity.
He established the Royal Society for the Protection of Nature, the first NGO in Bhutan concerned with environmental awareness and conservation of endangered species and migratory birds. He successfully campaigned for the protection of wintering sites for the endangered black-necked cranes.
Dr. Lang has significantly advanced the cause of the environment by contributing actively to the development of international environmental law.
Between 1977-82 he was Chairman of the OECD Group on Transfrontier Pollution and participated in negotiations on Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution from 1978-79. In 1985 Dr. Lang was President of the Vienna Conference on the Protection of the Ozone Layer and in 1987 President of the Montreal Conference on Substances that deplete the Ozone Layer. In 1989 he published a book on international environmental law in Vienna, where he teaches at the University. He also participated in the Rio Summit. At present he is Austrian Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva.
Dr. Polunin is a botanist and plant ecologist who has participated in, or led, numerous scientific expeditions to Greenland, Spitsbergen, northern most Norway, the Canadian Eastern and Western Arctic, northern most Alaska, Siberia, and West Africa and high mountains elsewhere, as well as making flights over the North Pole to investigate the biotic content of the atmosphere at the highest latitudes. He has made significant discoveries in the plant ecology of the Arctic, subArctic, and high-altitude regions.
More recently he has organised major conferences on the environmental future and the endangered biosphere.
Adult Award Winner in 1987
Since its inception in 1961, WWF has invested over us$330 million in more than 10,000 projects in 130 countries. Based on the best scientific evidence WWF actively supports on-the-ground conservation programmes in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. In all its work, WWF encourages ecologically sustainable development.
Through its work, the fund has been able to save endangered species such as the giant panda and the Arabian oryx, and to protect many threatened species and habitats.
WWF is extremely effective in raising public awareness of conservation problems and it has collaborated with governments, organisations and individuals in more than 1,000 conservation projects.