Nigerian Conservation Foundation
The Nigerian Conservation Foundation is a charitable trust dedicated to the promotion of nature conservation. It launched the "Save the Yankari Game Reserve" campaign in 1984 and established the Lekki Conservation Centre and Nature Reserve as an outdoor laboratory for school children to educate them on important environmental issues in the country. Following recommendations from NCF, the Natural Resources Conservation Council was established and inaugurated by the President in 1991. They have also launched school clubs and a school magazine called Tortoise.
Through the preservation of existing forests and the greening of the residential districts, Shanglijia Village has become a model of an eco-farming village.
With the construction of large animal farms, orange gardens and factories for fodder processing, printing, agricultural machinery and hardware, the economic focus of the village has shifted towards a more sustainable and environmentally sound basis. In addition, a large biogas system has been established to help solve the daily energy problems of the villagers.
Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel
Since 1953 the Society For the Protection of Nature in Israel has involved people of all faiths (Jews, Christians and Muslims) in outdoor recreational and learning activities in its efforts to raise environmental awareness. The Society operates 25 Field Study Centres that organize direct public action to save threatened natural and historic sites. Research is conducted in conjunction with Israeli Universities and International seminars on environmental education for both developed and developing countries.
Southern Women Against Toxins
Southern Women Against Toxics (SWAT) mobilises and empowers communities to fight the health and environmental threats posed to their communities by toxic and garbage dumps and incinerators.
SWAT works to empower the women in the grassroots environmental leadership in order that the women, if they chose to do so, can take these leadership skills into the next forum. It serves as a clearing house of information for the purpose of community education.
The Director is a speaker who has been featured in international publications and and in television shows in the United States and Japan. Campaigns and protests have successfully blocked numerous would-be hazardous waste facilities. In addition, protests have brought attention to environmental issues and citizens' rights.(This organization is no longer active.)
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.
The Dutch Cyclists Union (Fietsersbondenfb)
The Dutch Cyclists Union was established in 1975 to fight for the rights of the millions of Dutch cyclists. More than 50 local groups try to influence policy at a municipal level by means of street actions, negotiations and expert advice to encourage more people to use their bicycles, and therefore protect the environment by avoiding polluting modes of transportation. Today, the Netherlands is a model of how to integrate cyclists into a conventional public traffic network.
The Xian Eco-Animal Breeding Farm
In 1986, The Xian Eco-animal breeding farm became a demonstration eco-farming site. In order to solve the pollution problem from the village's large sized pig-farm, the farm undertook the construction of eco-farming engineering involving purification systems of gourd pools, fish ponds and paddy fields. This not only significantly reduced the pollution problem, but also increased the economic profits greatly. The farm has now become a successful garden-like farm that promotes the development of eco-farming in the county. All 14 farms that followed this example have worked to integrat social, economic and environmental goals.
Women of Mupata Village
The women of Mupata village in Zimbabwe helped establish a self-help community group to generate income and implement sustainable water projects to meet agriculture and food production needs in the village. The project, initiated in 1989, with the assistance of the Agricultural Technical and Extension Services and the Ministry of Womens Affairs, managed to drill 10 boreholes, providing the community with access to clean water. "Food societies" were organized to engage in poultry farming and manure used to fertilise maize fields. The project, which has greatly improved the standard of living, is being expanded to include cattle rearing.
Golden Hope Plantations Berhad
In 1989, the Golden Hope Plantations Berhad group adopted a zerobum technique on four of the Golden Hope estates in Malaysia, over an area of approximately 600 hectares. This technique required old stands to be felled, shredded, pulverised and left to decompose in situ. No burning was carried out - in contrast to the conventional clearing system - and it has contributed to a clean air environment.
The zeroburn system has replenished soil organic matter and improved the soil's physical properties to enhance fertility. The zeroburn technique has since become a standard practice for all the Group's palm oil estates.
"Earthwatch Radio" is a series of two-minute radio features on the environment, produced and distributed free by the Institute of Environmental Studies and the Sea Grant Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
The programme has prompted several spin-off projects, including an environmental newspaper feature series, environmental education supplements on special topics, and three paperback collections of "Earthwatch Radio" scripts, aimed at schools and libraries. The programme is aired on approximately 140 radio stations in the United States, Canada, and internationally.