Centre for Science and Environment
The Centre for Science and Environment has published outstanding reports on the state of India's environment in 1982 and 1985. These "citizens' reports", based on grassroots information, serve as examples of national environment reports.
An American journalist and author of In the Rain Forest, an influential and widely read book on tropical forests. Through her writings and lectures she promotes conservation and human rights.
Catherine Caufield writes on environmental matters as reporter-at-large for The New Yorker. She is the author of Multiple Exposures: Chronicles of the Radiation Age, for which she won the British National Book League's Award for Social Concern, and of the highly acclaimed In the Rainforest (University of Chicago Press, 1994) for which she received the Spirit of the Forest Award from the Rainforest Action Network.
Her next book, to be published early in 1997, will be Masters of Illusion: The World Bank and the Poverty of Nations (Henry Holt), which she describes as a critical biography of "the most powerful development institution in the world."
During his term as president of the United States (1977-1981) Mr. Carter initiated more positive environmental legislation than any other us president.
Mr. Carter is a co-founder of "global 2000", which sponsors agricultural and health programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Mohammad Ilyas Burney
Dr. Burney's research and field work in Pakistan on the guinea worm disease which is spread by contaminated water and threatened 360,000 people in 400 villages has eliminated the disease in pilot area villages and provided strategies for its eradication in Pakistan by 1989. A total of 106 cases in 35 villages were reported in 1991. 22 villages had only one case each.
Idelisa Bonnelly de Calventi, FUNDEMAR
A marine biologist in the Dominican Republic where she established one of the first marine research stations in the Caribbean.
In 1986 she helped establish the silver bank humpback whale sanctuary to protect the largest north Atlantic population of this endangered species.
Dr. Michel Batisse
A senior environmental adviser to UNESCO and the French Government, Dr. Batisse has developed a number of international environmental programmes such as the Mediterranean Blue Plan, the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAP), the international hydrological decade, and the arid lands project.
He has promoted the concept of biosphere reserves and the world heritage convention, and has written extensively on environmental and natural resources issues.
Mohamed Siad Barre
Until 1990, the Somali Government, led by President Barre, carried out successful national afforestation, water conservation, and sand dune fixation programmes and introduced environment assessment into development planning. Since then this has collapsed in the face of drought, famine and civil war.
Dr. Allen has been active in environmental education and public information in Swaziland since 1981 at the community, school and teacher training levels.
She is a founder of "yonge nawe", an organisation promoting conservation clubs in schools and communities, and also initiated and coordinates the "clean and beautiful Swaziland" campaign.
Saeed Mohamed Al-Haffar
Dr. Al-Haffar developed the basic environmental education curriculum which is now mandatory for all university students in Qatar.
He has made 50 videos on environmental protection which are televised regularly in the gulf region where they have helped raise official and public awareness.
Badria Abdullah Al-Awadi
A lawyer who is very active in environmental protection. Since 1978 she has been the Secretary-General of the Kuwait Environmental Protection Society, a non-governmental organisation with the aim of promoting environmental awareness in Kuwait.
She has conducted several research studies and published several books and more than 200 articles, mostly on environmental awareness.