An influential environmentalist an president of the Thai Environmental and Community Development Association.
Ms. Sophonpanich has promoted environmental awareness nationwide, and has led major campaigns for a cleaner Bangkok, tree-planting and cleaner rivers and waterways.
The environmental correspondent for the Bangkok Post, Thailand's leading English language newspaper since 1977.
Her concern for the environment prompted her to write in her free time and for the past 10 years she has been writing on environmental issues in her "nature notebook" column in the Bangkok Post's Sunday extra.
She has increased public awareness of local and international environmental problems through her articles.
As Governor of Bangkok, Mr. Srimuang has achieved urban improvements through anti-pollution regulations, health campaigns, and the creation of "green" areas. His achievements are models for many city administrators.
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.
Madame Parbati spends long periods away from home, assisting the west Bengal Forestry Department in their work concerning the welfare and protection of elephants in the foothills of the Himalayas.
Former Prime Minister of Thailand who showed political leadership and courage in revoking all logging concessions because of their damage to the environment, a reform sought by conservationists for decades.
The 1989 decision was a landmark, proving Thailand's will to protect and manage the environment, particularly its forests.
Mr. Malai, a farmer, lives about 100 kms north of Bangkok where 20 years ago he established his mango orchard as a habitat of Night Heron, Cattle Egret Cormorants, Open-billed Stork and other species. Today, his conservation work is assisted by the Royal Forestry Department.
His area has been declared a Bird Conservation Unit. "Uncle Jom's" story has been praised in the international media and he is recognised by the Thai government as the best individual wildlife conservationist.
Population and Community Development Association
A rural development project for conservation was initiated by PDA and the Wildlife Fund Thailand (WFT) in three parks near one of Thailand's endangered national parks. Currently the project has been expanded to include a total of six villages. It aims to preserve wildlife and forests offering people economic incentives and improvements in their quality of life.
Begun in 1985, the project established environmental protection societies, which give low-interest loans to villagers if they promise to conserve trees and wildlife, and also training in agriculture, health, forestry and conservation. The activities of most villagers have thus been deflected from illegal logging and hunting towards the protection of their environment.
Phra Ajahn Pongsak Tejadhammo
From an understanding of forest functions gained through 38 years of retreats in the wilderness, Phra Ajahn Pongsak became acutely aware of the direct link between forest destruction and the increasing hardship suffered by lowland villagers. In response to this crisis, the Dhammanaat Foundation was set up to promote this awareness and fund activities arising from this understanding.
Their pioneer project in the Mae Soi Valley shows these principles being put into action, where conservation and reafforestation is being implemented alongside the provision of sustainable livelihoods and resource management. He has gained wide recognition for his work both nationally and internationally.
The late Mr Nakhasathien worked as a forest researcher at the Wildlife Sanctuary in Thailand from 1975 to 1979. In 1983, as Chief of the Wildlife Rescue Project he worked unrelentingly to rescue drowning wildlife while also fighting against illegal poachers. In 1987 he campaigned against the construction of the Nam Choan, a 580 megawatt dam planned for the Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary. In 1989, as chief of a Wildlife Sanctuary, he succeeded in saving 6,000 square kilometres of land from exploitation. Nakhasathen took his own life on September 1 1990 following the shooting and death of two of his rangers by poachers and renewed frustrations encountered in his struggle to protect the environment.