Thomas Landgren is Chairman of the Gullspang branch of the Swedish Association for the Protection of Nature - a citizen's group which has influenced local policies and publicised environmental problems such as threats to wetlands, the Gallspang salmon, and waste disposal.
Kuwait Environment Protection Society
During the past seven years, the Kuwait Environment Protection Society has significantly increased environmental awareness in the Gulf Region.
The Society's monthly bulletin publishes studies by leading scholars who have influenced decisions in environmental planning and management.
Sophia Wambui Kiarie
Fuelwood was scarce in the Ruiru area of Kenya. Sophia Kiarie started the Bellerive Foundation's first tree nursery program.
She developed a successful approach to distributing, planning and nurturing seedlings through schools and organisations in her community. Ms. Kiarie organised tree planting days for primary schools, engaging the participation of school headmasters, teachers, students and their parents. Sixty Green Islands, each with 500 to 5,000 trees, have been established. The project also helped farmers to plant tree belts in their farms.
Altogether, the program has resulted in the planting of 2,000,000 trees by 100,000 people since 1982.
Mugamir Eisa Khalifa
Mugamir Eisa Khalifa is a Sudanese farmer who pioneered anti-desertification measures in his village during the 1960s.
The Beshiri Sand Dunes Stabilisation project, which he leads, is a success model of desertification control.
A prominent Egyptian plant ecologist Prof. Kassas has served in several regional and international environmental organisations.
As President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (1978-84) he led the initiative to formulate a World Conservation Strategy (1980) and a World Charter for Nature (1981).
Mr. G. V. and Mrs. K. Karlekar
The Karlekars, through the Calcutta Special Project, have worked for many years in degraded urban environments. They run a non-formal school teaching basic skills to the scavenger children of the Dhapa garbage dump in Calcutta.
Dr. Karani is the general manager of the Somali Range Agency, which for ten years has successfully carried out sand dune fixation projects.
A Yugoslav physician and researcher on environment-linked diseases, Dr. Jovanovic devised an action plan for combating diseases linked to desertification and improved the methods of their diagnosis.
Dr. Huttunen is a noted Finnish researcher on air pollution and the acidification of forests. The results of her research have been used as a basis for making decisions on combating air pollution and they have helped raise public awareness.
She was honoured as Finland's "Woman of the Year" in 1986.