Dr. Ghosh has made a major environmental contribution by identifying the wetlands east of Calcutta as the world's largest resource recovery system. For almost a decade he campaigned for conservation of this great ecosystem and also developed technology options from the traditional practice of wastewater aquaculture. His wetland designs have been adopted for four other towns in West Bengal under the Ganga Action Plan of the Government of India.
A pioneer in climate impact studies. He has initiated unique work on climate, its impact on fisheries and its role in desertification.
Since 1980, he has helped develop climate and drought assessment in Africa. He also developed methods for the assessment of regional climatic change used in the US, Brazil, Vietnam and elsewhere.
Niki Goulandris is known as a dynamic achiever in environmental awareness campaigns. She is an artist, naturalist, museum director, former minister of social services, past president of the Greek National Tourism Organisation, past president of the Hellenic Radio-Television and President of the Save the Children Federation in Greece.
Recently, Niki Goulandris has been elected "Woman of Europe" by the EC Commission, received the Order of Officier du Legion d'Honneur de la France and was appointed to the Board of Governors of the International Development Research Centre of Canada and the United Nations.
With her husband Angelos, she founded the Goulandris Natural History Museum, acknowledged worldwide for promoting the study in Greek fauna and flora, for its significant scientific research in wetland and forest conservation and for its youth educational programmes.
The Goulandris Museum's contribution to ecology (Delphi: Man and Environment), has been awarded the "European Museum of the Year" 1984 title by the Council of Europe and has been presented the Onassis International Prize. Niki Goulandris is also an internationally-known botanical painter.
Dr. Mish Hashimoto
Dr. Hashimoto has worked for 30 years in the fields of environment and public health at national and international levels. He was the driving force in the development and implementation of Japan's basic legislation on the control of pollution, particularly concerning air and water.
Since 1985 he has been prominent in projects for Japan's environmental cooperation with developing countries.
Traditionally, this village was poor because it was low-lying and flooded each year. Before 1964, grain outputs were low and per capita income was less than 100 Yuan RMB.
Today the yield is 1,710,000 kgs of grain and 59,000 kgs of cotton, with 890 Yuan RMB per capita income in 1987. The rate of forest cover has increased by seven per cent, the use of pesticides is estimated to have decreased 30 per cent, 67 per cent of all households have constructed marsh biogas ponds which provide fuel for nine months of the year. The pig farm in the village was reconstructed into an eco-farm in 1996 with the assistance of the national environmental protection agency.
High Country News
A 16-page bi-weekly environmental newspaper known as "the small paper with a strong voice", particularly in the Rocky Mountain region. It has a circulation of 12,000, but a much larger influence. In 1987 it won a prestigious George Polk Memorial Media Award for a major series on water policy in the Western United States.
The paper was established in 1970, and has been edited and managed since 1983 by Ed and Betsy Marston. It is financed by subscriptions, contributions, and grants and expertly covers news of water, air, land, wildlife, mining communities, and native Americans. It "covers the environment from the environmentalists' perspective", but has a reputation for recognising the economic as well as ecological realities of its region.
Mr. Riel is a young Iriadamant-Micmac Indian from Canada. With a group of friends, he set up Young People's Planet (YPP), a youth movement aimed at involving young people of all countries in environmental concerns.
In 1988, "Terra dei Giovani" of Italy hosted his visit to Italy, where he addressed schools about the planetary problems. In 1989 he became International President of YPP which began a "Green Mediterranean Campaign" which emphasises reforestation.
Kazi Zaker Hussain
Prof. Hussain, a zoologist, is the pioneer of wildlife conservation in Bangladesh. Since 1961, he has campaigned in the media and led a "Wildlife Biology" course in Dhaka University.
He played a key role in saving the rhesus monkey of Bangladesh. His study of the rare Whitewinged Wood Duck has saved the bird, at least for the time being. He played an important role in persuading the Government to create the Bangladesh Wildlife Preservation Order of 1973 which led to the establishment of 14 "protected" areas.
Milton M. Kaufmann
After serving 30 years in the US Air Force, Mr. Kaufmann started a new career as a volunteer conservationist, which he has vigorously pursued for 19 years.
He founded, co-founded and provided leadership for organizations including Monitor Consortium, USA, a coalition of 33 wildlife conservation and animal welfare groups.
Monitor International has been the organization behind WIDECAST, the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Recovery Team in preparing sea turtle population recovery and conservation plans for 28 Caribbean governments.
Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad (KSSP)
The KSSP is an NGO active since 1962 in the area of environmental protection and rational use of natural resources.
KSSP is a grassroots organization with over 50,000 members of 1300 units. It won the Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar, the highest environmental award in India, in 1988. Its campaign was primarily responsible for saving the silent valley tropical evergreen forests from being destroyed by a hydro electric project.
KSSP is currently engaged in a project in alternative land use practices with the participation of the people in selected hill slope areas in Kerala.