For half a century, Father Reitz has worked for the preservation of the environment in Brazil. Mainly thanks to his efforts, 750 hectares of Botanical Park was established in 1961 in Santa Catarina.
He was instrumental in the creation of the ecological stations of Taimbes, Carijos and Babitonga, between 1976 and 1986. He initiated protection of endangered fauna covering 40 species of animals. Beginning with 51 animals, his project now helps more than 1,000 people.
An accomplished researcher, Reitz has discovered five new genera and 327 new species of plants in Brazil and he has written extensively on botany and ecology.
Mr. Reti, one of the first Western Samoans trained in forestry, quickly rose to positions, which had previously been held by expatriates: those of Conservator of Forests and head of the Forestry Division.
He provided strong support to the development of the national park and reserve system in his country, which has set an example for all of the South Pacific.
In 1985, he was named Regional Co-ordinator of the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) at the South Pacific Commission. He returned in 1989 to head the Environment Office for the Government of Western Samoa. He was a Regional Councilor of lUCN (1986-1990) and has supported many efforts to strengthen nature conservation and protected areas activities in the region.
An environmental campaigner and lobbyist. Secretary of the Council for National Parks (1980-87) campaigning successfully against quarrying schemes in national parks and lobbying successfully for improvements in legislation for national parks.
As Assistant Director for Policy of the Council for the Protection of Rural England since 1987, Ms. Reynolds has campaigned successfully for environmental improvements in planning and water legislation. She is at present Director of the Council for the Protection of Rural England (1992).
Chae Shik Rho
Dr. Rho organized the 1975 National Conference on Human Environment which identified Korea's environmental problems, relating national development to environmental protection. He played an important role in the National Data Center for Environmental Pollution and the Environmental Affairs Forum.
Recommendations by Dr. Rho have been adopted in the Korean Environmental Preservation Law. He has also been Editor-in-Chief of the Bulletin of Korea Environmental Preservation Association since 1978. At national level, Dr. Rho was the leader of the drafting committee of the Presidential Declaration on Environment in 1991. He is the Chairman of the Korea Research Council on Environmental Sciences which consists of 20 academic environmental science and engineering societies.
Mr. Scharmer has, since 1973, promoted development of renewable energy, especially in India and Egypt. His work has been concentrated on the application of renewable energy - especially solar, thermal, and biomass - to basic problems in developing countries.
Since 1983 Mr. Scharmer has promoted use of biomass from vegetable oil plants as fuel for engines, boilers and high protein feed for animals. The system has the potential to reduce desertification and atmospheric pollution. Recent work concentrates on the production and use of biomass and its impact on global C02 -balance.
Mr. Roque Sevilla
Mr. Sevilla has played a key role in motivating public opinion on conservation and management of natural resources. He founded Nagura, an NGO which promoted legislative measures, among them the creation of the Parliamentary Commission for the Environment, and the Directorate for the Environment in the Ministry of Energy.
Since 1985, Mr. Sevilla, has headed the Latin American Action Network to control the use of pesticides. As National Forestry Director, Mr. Sevilla established protected status for the Biological Reserve of Limoncocha in Amazonia.
Kantilal Jivan Shah
For nearly 30 years, Mr. Shah has been active in conservation and environmental activities which resulted in the creation of Marine National Parks and Nature Reserves. He has also been instrumental in establishing coastal and nature reserve management, protection of sea turtles and the conservation of mangrove swamps.
He has brought environmental issues and the need for conservation to the forefront of public awareness.
Mr. Shah has been involved in the passing of the following legislation: creation of Ste. Anne Marine National Park; Vallee de Mai Reserve; Port Launay Marine National Park, the Protection of Shells Act; Animal and Bird Protection; Controlled Cropping of Seabirds' Eggs; Protection of Turtles; and the Seychelles Marine Mammal Sanctuary.
Since 1971, John Sinclair has led the Fraser Island Defenders Organisation's campaign to protect Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island off the coast of Queensland. This difficult campaign resulted in all logging and mining being banned. A world class National Park has been created to protect its specialised ecology and topography, with unique perched dune lakes and rain forest. Fraser Island is now inscribed on the World Heritage List.
Mr. Sinclair was "Australian of the Year" in 1976. He has served in Australia's voluntary conservation movement, including the Australian Conservation Foundation, for more than 25 years, in senior leadership roles. He has also served on lUCN Commissions.
Snake in the Grass Moving Theatre
Founded in 1978, the Snake in the Grass Moving Theatre presents educational programmes for schools and the public, and has created many original productions ranging from theatrical interpretations of new ideas in biology and ecology to the dramatisation of various world mythologies.
In recent years the company has focussed on productions which examine some root causes of the global environmental crisis, including the critical dangers involved in the exploitation of the natural world and of indigenous cultures which truly revere that world.
In 1955 Dr. Stutzin, a lawyer, founded the Union of Friends and Animals and in 1967 the National Committee for the Defense of Fauna and Flora (CODEFF). He is a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission and a member of the IUCN Environmental Law and Policy Commission.
Dr. Stutzin has written extensively on nature conservation and animal protection. He campaigned successfully on Chile's ratification of CITES and was instrumental in lobbying Chile to put an end to whaling. In 1976, Mr. Stutzin initiated the successful campaign to preserve Lake Chungara, the highest lake in the world.