CARE is a leading international NGO, which since 1980 has mobilised rural communities in Africa, Asia and South America to plant over 200 million trees. The organisation has strengthened indigenous environmental NGOs in India, Chad, Kenya, Uganda, Ecuador and Guatemala working on sustainable development projects.
For 10 years, the panda rescue team of Chengdu Zoo has cared for injured sick or starving wild pandas. Most of them have recovered. In 1978, the Zoo began panda breeding studies and in 1980, the first artificial insemination of a panda succeeded. Since then, the Zoo has used artificial insemination in 47 cases with considerable success, thus helping to ensure the survival of an endangered species. The Chengdu Zoo is the world's leading centre for panda study and care.
Anthony Brian Cleaver
Under Sir Anthony's leadership, IBM (UK) has integrated environmental management across the company, through a cross-functional environment council, created in 1989 and reporting in to a main board director. IBM has published its environmental programmes for the 1990s, including improvement targets and deadlines. Sir Anthony represents IBM companies in Europe, Middle East and Africa on IBM's Corporate Environmental Affairs Advisory Council. He is committed to moving the environment up the agenda of businesses of all sizes in the UNITED KINGDOM through his chairmanship of the business in the environment target team of business in the community and of the environmental management working group of the government's advisory committee on business and the environment.
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
CSIRO launched in 1987 a joint programme with the Commission for the Future aimed at activating Australians at all levels to understand and prepare for climate change impacts. This 1987/1988 campaign culminated in "greenhouse 88" - a nationwide three-day conference linking 10 cities by satellite television in high-level discussions on various aspects of climate change. No other organisation or nation has so far conducted any comparable public awareness programme on climate change.
Dame Whina Cooper
Dame Whina Cooper has for several decades championed protection of the environment among the Maori people in New Zealand. She is the founding president of the Maori Women's Welfare League which promotes environmental, spiritual and emotional well-being of the Maori, and has led campaigns for government recognition of Maori rights, including management of their ancestral lands.
Since 1980 Mr. Courtot, a government officer, has used his free time to reforest areas degraded by bush fires and mining in New Caledonia. Between 1984-87 he led groups of young people in planting indigenous trees to rehabilitate natural forests.
Under his leadership, Servicio, Desarrollo y Paz has trained more than 1,000 rural workers in soil and water conservation in five Central American countries since 1983. They have in turn spread their new skills in their communities, promoting sustainable development and agricultural productivity.
Ms. Devi directed an orphanage on the outskirts of Calcutta, India and disseminated conservation and tree-planting among her wards and the community through ceremonies and cultural festivals. She lobbied government to prevent indiscriminate logging and land speculation in her neighbourhood.
Dogal Hayati Koruma Dernegi (DHKD) (The Society for the Protection of Nature in Turkey)
Founded in 1975, with 3500 members DHKD is turkey's most active conservation organisation. It contributes to the conservation of nature and natural resources in turkey through research, projects, fieldwork and education and mainly concentrates on the conservation of threatened ecosystems (wetlands, coastal-zones) using endangered species (birds, seaturtles, bulbous plants) as the icons for its programmes.
Nikolai Nikolaevich Drozdov
For the past 23 years, Mr. Drozdov has presented a weekly TV programme on wildlife conservation. Each programme is watched by about 200 million viewers and they have helped increase public environmental awareness in Russia. He is presently professor of bio-geography, Faculty of Geography, Moscow State University. He has published 20 books and manuals on biology, geography and nature conservation.