In 1987, the Committee for the Defense and Development of the Flora and Fauna of the gulf of Fonseca (CODDEFFAGOLF) worked to prevent the conversion of EI Jicarito, a 1000-hectare lagoon along the southern coast of Honduras, into a shrimp farm that would have threatened wildlife birds, marine life and dislocated 2000 families.
CODDEFFAGOLF, through legal means and the media, successfully helped organize the 20 different communities surrounding the lagoon into a united group to halt the project. Due to their efforts, the group is once again able to farm. The Ministry of Natural Resources has designated El Jicarto Lagoonas a "reserve area for wildlife and artisanal fishery".
Barli Development Institute for Rural Women
Barli Development Institute for Rural Women was established in 1985 for the upliftment of rural and tribal women living in rural communities in the districts around Indore.
The organic growth of the Institute has enabled it to develop a comprehensive curriculum that empowers the women with the knowledge and skills they need to improve their lives and the lives of their families and the communities in which they live.
In 1987, the Institute joined the Indian Government's Technology Mission on drinking water, in Jhabua, one of the 51 districts affected by guinea-worms, with 302 villages having 752 infected persons and 211,813 at risk.
The Institute coordinated with the government in conducting environmental programmes to educate and train tribal villagers, mainly women, on prevention and eradication of guinea worms, caused by contaminated water.
Mobilisation and motivation of health fuctionaries was also designed around the government's work related to drinking water management. This helped the district with complete eradication of guinea-worms.
Since July 1992, the Institute has voluntarily started working for another neighbouring district, Dhar, where 68 active cases were found by the Government in six villages
Time, an international news magazine, has consistently displayed a genuine concern for the environment and played a vital and meaningful role in informing its millions of readers about how they can help to improve the environment.
The Tengtou Village
Since 1965, Tengtou Village in Zhejiang Province has undertaken environmental protection by combining agriculture with forestry, animal husbandry, fishery, industry and trade. The outcome of 25 years of effort is the realization of productive fields and underground irrigation. Along with large-sized animal farms, biogas pools and gas supply piping facilities, a three-dimensional cultivating and breeding eco-farming structure of forest and rice planting has been set up in the village. Their recycling system of farming, animal husbandry, cultivation, by-product processing, biogas use in lieu of fossil fuels and their use of organic fertilizers, reduces the amount of chemical fertilizer and pesticides used. In 1990, the profits of the village was 1.71 million yuan RMB, which greatly raised the community's level of education, welfare and sanitation. Three districts have been set up in the village: industrial and trade, education and residential. With the construction of five non-polluting clothes, fodder and diamond factories, it is now a beautiful eco-village.
In 1979, a young teacher, Charles Herve-Gruyer set sail on Fleur de Lampaul with a number of troubled children and adolescents, as well as scientists from Europe. The goal of their expedition was to study cetaceans (270 observations of 12 species were made).
In 1990, Fleur de Lampaul became the first sailship in France to offer children oceanographic courses. Documents on the marine environment are produced by the children and the scientists: 10 films - three of them for schools, 130 TV spots in more than 20 countries, 680 press stories, 600 radio broadcasts and photo exhibits in schools.
Following the success of these expeditions, European authorities decided to support the project. The sailship is in the process of being recognized as a Scientific and Technical Cultural Centre by the Ministry of Research and Technology.
In 1992, Fleur de Lampaul set off on a 26-month sailing expedition across the continents to study some of the ecosystems of our planet, including sea, desert, equatorial Africa, Amazonian forests, coral reefs, and to meet indigenous seafaring peoples.
In April 1991, Friends of the Earth launched the first recycling scheme on the island. A special Guide to Recycling brochure was published and circulated to schools on the island.
Posters, stickers and reusable bags were given to all individuals and schools interested in initiating their own small scale recycling programme. In addition, seventy bins were placed in key areas in order to promote recycling in the community.
Unleaded petrol has just recently entered the Cyprus market. In April 1992 Friends of the Earth, in collaboration with Inter College, launched a campaign aimed at raising awareness on the effects of lead on human health.
Inter College's commitment to environmental protection is also reflected in its initiative to set up a course on environmental protection for business individuals, making it the only environmental studies course in the entire academic sector of the island.
Nyahode Union Learning Centre
The valley where the Nyahode Union Learning Centre is located used to be a white commercial farming area until 1980 when some refugees from Mozambique settled there. They established a secondary school, which could also be attended by young adults.
Soon, a land use plan was drawn and the students began reforesting, planting orchards, building dams and spillways to harness the high amount of rainfall and used them to irrigate the fields. With the green cover, water has not been a big problem and their area has been made into a model community.
Youth Nature Conservationist Centre - WOLVES
Young Nature Conservationist Centre - WOLVES - activities include environmental education and the organization of outings to "discover nature", as well as summer and winter camps.
The WOLVES participate in natural science and environmental competitions. They take part in projects such as Amphibians, Bird Protection, Bumble-Bee, The Counting of Buzzards. They also took part in: Ozone and The Blue in the Sky (a project which monitored acid rain).
They helped the Environmental Commission in their region by marking the borders of nature reserves and also help with the maintenance of these protected areas. They have their own tree and shrub nursery where they plant and care for many endangered species. They also organize programmes and lectures for elementary schools on the subject of environmental protection. WOLVES have won the competition Golden Leaf several times as well as the Silver Thread. They also hold the prestigious prize for young environmentalists. WOLVES has also influenced children in the promotion of a positive relation towards nature.
For over 27 years, Ecover, based in Malle, Belgium, has been devoted to developing and producing effective and ecological washing and cleaning products made from plant and mineral based ingredients. Ecover's aim is to provide effective sustainable alternatives for washing and cleaning that can be used daily by people all around the world.
Ecover's ecological principles extend far beyond the products they create. Ecover's vision of sustainability takes ecological, economic and social aspects into account from the origins of the raw materials, to the complete biodegradation of the final products. Strict criteria are employed along the way as guidelines for all business operations. The products themselves are manufactured in Ecover's unique, world-famous ecological factories in Belgium and France.
Ecover is a company that operates with sustainability at its very core. Ecover is constantly innovating and pushing boundaries to create new and more effective products that have minimum negative impact on the environment.
In 1993 Ecover was awarded the “Global 500 Roll of Honour” award, for outstanding achievements in the protection and improvement of the environment. And, in 1999 Ecover received the "Environmental Stewardship" Award from the Council on Economic Priorities for it's ecologically sound manufacturing process and it's overall commitment to producing environmentally safe products.
CHASKI Children's Magazine
The Bolivian magazine CHASKI was created out of love for children. The publication appeals not only to pupils and teachers, but to those children whose parents are out working in the fields, mines, factories or streets.
It was conceived in February 1983 in Cochabamba as a 21-page magazine with a circulation of 1,800. Today, it boasts a circulation of 10,000 and is published in La Paz. CHASKI's aim is to transfer ideas, optimism and new approaches.
It creates in the child an awareness of his surroundings and offers an understanding of the various social groups that make Latin America. The reading child can express himself through the magazine as well as learn about himself. The magazine encourages love for nature and the environment and offers a balance between the individual, nature and societ