Sir Edmund Hillary
Sir Edmund Hillary, who, with Sherpa Tenzing Norkay, was the first man to reach the summit of Mt. Everest.
He is now the New Zealand Ambassador to Nepal. There he has long been active in the preservation of forests and in the establishment of the Sagarmatha National Park in the Himalayas.
Rene Daniel Haller
A Swiss agronomist, Mr. Haller planned and carried out for the Bamburi Portland Cement Company the rehabilitation of their strip-mined coral limestone quarries in Kenya.
To date 200 hectares of quarry wasteland have been transformed into a thriving self-sustaining and economically viable ecosystem with a vast variety of wildlife. Over 150 species of indigenous trees are succeeding the original timber monoculture.
His work is a model not only in greening of industrial wasteland but also in demonstrating that man-made ecosystems can be economically viable. The old quarry has become a major attraction with over 87,000 registered visitors in 1991.
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.
Dr. Juan Grau is a prominent Chilean physician, and he has been General Secretary of the "Instituto de Ecologia de Chile" since 1975. Dr. Grau has influenced national consciousness of the environment through a weekly column in the newspaper, books and lectures.
He has also initiated projects to protect wilderness areas and endangered species. He was honoured by the Scientific Society of Chile as the most outstanding ecologist for the period 1980-85.
In 1992 during the National Meeting of Science and Culture, he received the Award "Chile XXI Century".
As environment correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald for more than ten years, Mr. Glascott has written thousands of articles and reports on urban issues, rain forests, water pollution, national parks and wildlife.
His writing has had wide political and public influence, making him the preeminent environment journalist in Australia.
Dr. Galazii was Director of the Limnological Institute on Lake Baikal, Russia, the deepest body of fresh water in the world. For more than a decade the institute has worked to prevent and reverse pollution of this unique lake caused by chemical and industrial wastes.
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.