Instituto Forestal Latinoamericano
This Venezuelan non-governmental organisation has assembled the largest data bank on forestry in Latin America with some 25,000 references.
The Institute conducts research and training on tropical forest management.
Grupo de los Cien
Founded in 1985, Grupo de los Cien is Mexico's most influential environmental advocacy group composed of more than 100 prominent personalities in the arts, culture and science.
Under the leadership of its president the writer Homero Aridjis, the group's efforts have lead to a ban on the capture and commercialisation of sea turtles in Mexico, legislation reducing the amount of lead in gasoline, daily notification in the press of air quality in Mexico city and official designation as sanctuaries of the nesting areas of the Monarch butterfly.
The group was able to thwart a project to build dams along the Usumacinta River in the Mayan area of the Mexico/Guatemala border and also led a successful campaign to stop the building of an airport extension in the Texcoco nature reserve.
In September 1991 the Group held a meeting of writers, scientists, representatives of indigenous peoples and environmentalists, The Morelia Symposium: Approaching the Year 2000, which led to the creation of an international network for defense of the environment: the Grupo de Los Cien Internacional. The Morelia Declaration was presented at the Earth Summit as a global statement by 896 intellectuals and environmentalists.
Green Great Wall Group
Under the supervision of the Green Great Wall Group, a tree-belt of 5.3 million hectares, along the Great Wall of China, is being planted by millions of villagers.
The tree-belt will provide economic returns and help moderate climate. This is one of the most extensive afforestation projects in the world.
The Greenbelt Movement is a Kenya grasssroots organisation, which has planted over two million trees since it was formed in 1977.
The movement has involved nearly half a million children and 500 women's groups in tree-planting projects.
Fundacion para la Defensa de la Naturalez (FUDENA)
An influential Venezuelan foundation which publishes research studies on habitats, fauna and flora, FUDENA uses the media extensively to promote environmental awareness.
Fundacion para la Defensa del Ambiente (FUNAM)
FUNAM was awarded the "Conservar el Futuro" Annual Prize by the National Park Administration and the Bigua Prize from Cordoba's non-governmental organisations (NG0s). As an NGO FUNAM developed research, environmental education and a wide environmental network. Its "Children's Environment Defenders Club" has a membership of more than 1,000 children. FUNAM has participated in radio and television programmes. Since 1982 FUNAM conducted more than 50 courses on environmental issues, and its booklets and technical proposals are widely used in Argentina. FUNAM also contributed to the closure of Los Gigantes Uranium mining, and started national and international campaigns against environmental destruction.
Fundacion Natura is an Ecuadorian non-profit, non-governmental organisation whose mission is to promote a national conscience dedicated to an improved, just and integrated quality of life for the population and the conservation of the environment. In order to achieve its goal, Fundacion Natura promotes policies and actions targeted to meet human needs and to guarantee the continuance of ecological processes primarily in the areas of environmental education, communications, conservation of biodiversity and environmental law.
Environmental Management Journal
Founded in 1976 by Robert de Santo, this influential environmental journal publishes major articles designed to be particularly useful to scientists and decision-makers.
Diario El Comercio
This Peruvian daily newspaper, founded in 1839, regularly publishes influential articles on the environment. Each World Environment Day Diario el Comercio pays tribute to individuals and organisations who have made significant contributions to conservation in Peru.
College of African Wildlife Management
Since its establishment in 1963, the college has trained over 1,000 graduates from Africa in wildlife management. These graduates now fill key conservation positions throughout the continent.