Sayyid Shabib Bin Taimour
Under his leadership as the first Minister of Environment in the Sultanate of Oman, a national conservation strategy based on the principles of sustainable development was adopted. He has managed to insert environmental dimensions within all development plans in Oman.
He is active in the Regional Organization for the Protection of the Marine Environment (ROPME). He was Chairman of the Council of ROPME 1986-88 and an important force in refocussing ROPME's programme towards coastal zone management, sustainable development, and clearance of the area from war-related sea pollution.
In 1986 Mr. Tall formed the Association of Pioneers of Reafforestation in Senegal to fight against desertification.
Since 1983 he has led students in planting thousands of trees in rural and urban areas. He has assisted in the organization of international seminars on reforestation.
Phra Ajahn Pongsak Tejadhammo
From an understanding of forest functions gained through 38 years of retreats in the wilderness, Phra Ajahn Pongsak became acutely aware of the direct link between forest destruction and the increasing hardship suffered by lowland villagers. In response to this crisis, the Dhammanaat Foundation was set up to promote this awareness and fund activities arising from this understanding.
Their pioneer project in the Mae Soi Valley shows these principles being put into action, where conservation and reafforestation is being implemented alongside the provision of sustainable livelihoods and resource management. He has gained wide recognition for his work both nationally and internationally.
Margaret, The Lady Thatcher
Margaret, The Lady Thatcher made environmental concerns prominent in the national and international agendas of the British government. In major policy speeches in 1988, she strongly advocated increased international attention to, and action against, the threat of climate change caused by the global warming effect of the atmospheric build-up of "greenhouse" gases.
In association with UNEP, Lady Thatcher convened major international conferences in London in 1989 and 1990 seeking agreements to increase protection of the ozone layer.
The Una Emeralds Society
The Society has 24,000 members and aims at popularising the protection of the environment among the young. The Society has lobbied to have the environment included in the syllabus of schools and has an annual journal devoted to nature.
For three years the Society has organised a school for talented young painters (10-15 years old) who spend 10 days each year by the Una River painting nature. The more successful works tour many schools.
UNESCO Club of the University of Yaounde
The UNESCO Club of the University of Yaounde has been active since 1976 in mobilising the public about Cameroon's and Africa's environmental problems including deforestation and soil erosion. The Club has also campaigned for the protection of wild animals and publicised the issues of toxic wastes
Maria Aida Velasquez
Sister Velasquez is a Benedictine Nun with degrees in chemistry. Since 1976 she has devoted herself to the environmental cause by initiating public awareness programmes, environmental and training activities and field projects in urban and rural areas of the Philippines.
Amongst her major campaigns were the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant debate to close the plant and against pollution of Calancan Bay. For her achievements the Philippines Department of Natural Resources and Environment gave her the "Likas Yaman" award in 1988.
Ms. Mallika Wanigasundara has been a well-known journalist in Sri Lanka for more than 30 years. She has worked on the "Observer" and the "Daily News" published by the Lake House group of newspapers, in Colombo.
She is now a freelance journalist and a foreign correspondent contributing to Depthnews (Asia) based in Manila, Panos Institute in London, and the IPPF journal "People and the Planet". She also continues to contribute to the "Observer" and "Daily News" in Sri Lanka. She specialises in developmental, environmental and children's issues.
Arthur H. Westing
Dr. Westing, an ecologist, is prominent in the field of study of the security aspects of global environmental issues. He has worked mainly at the International Peace Research Institutes in Stockholm and Oslo. He was active in the scientists' campaign to stop military use of herbicides in Vietnam.
His publications have influenced official and public opinion on environmental and resource factors in strategic and military policy, including the longterm ecological and human consequences of conflict.
Sang-Hyun Kim spent two years in prison for resisting the regime of the Park Administration and its attempt to rule for a fourth term. The year following his release, in 1975, he founded the first environmental NGO in Korea - The Environmental Protection Institute. As founder and chairman of the Institute, National Assemblyman Kim initiated the environmental protection movement across a broad sector of society. In 1993, he founded the Group for Environment and Life with 62 other Assemblymen from the ruling and opposition parties. The Group conducted water analyses of the four major rivers in Korea, and based on the findings recommended measures and policies to improve their condition. In 1994, he established the National Assembly Environmental Forum. As its chairman, he initiated water tests of the Imjin river and its groundwater system. Using the gruesome results as leverage, he influenced the State's policies. The Forum has proposed 10 bills on water purification; groundwater protection; waste treatment; and environmental effects assessment. In 1996, the Groundwater and Waste Treatment bills were passed by the National Assembly. Kim developed an educational programme, through the Environment Academy which he also founded and chairs. In 1994, Kim founded Green Cross Korea, which has organized two International Environment Symposia in Seoul. Green Cross is also working at the university level to increase environmental awareness and encourage young people to act.