Professor Brian Morton
Emeritus Professor of Marine Ecology, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China
Professor Morton, a British marine scientist, now retired, spent 33 years in Hong Kong where he contributed to the greater understanding of the Asian marine environment and the threats to it posed by pollution and development in the region.
He organized numerous research workshops and conferences for scientists from China, Hong Kong and elsewhere in the search for solutions to common marine environmental problems.
Professor Morton remains active in international marine organizations, was founding chairman of the Marine Biological Association of Hong Kong and founding editor of Asian Marine Biology. During his time in Hong, as chairman of the Marine Parks and Reserves Committee, he was responsible for drafting the Marine Parks Ordinance and the establishment of the territory’s current system of marine parks and reserves. Professor Morton was a founding member (in 1981) of WWFHK, serving on its Executive and other committees and is now a Life Member. He is an Honorary Life Fellow of the Pacific Science Association (1993), an Honorary Life Member of the Malacological Society of London (1992). He was made a Knight (Ridder) in the Order of the Golden Ark by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands in 1997, an Officer in the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by HRH Queen Elizabeth in 1999 and was, most recently (2004), the sole recipient of the Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Gold Medal – all for his contributions to marine environmental protection, education and conservation.
Professor Morton is continuing his research and marine conservation interest and activities in the United Kingdom.
In 1982 Mr. Nembire, a traditional chief in East Zimbabwe, declared part of his tribal lands which had been degraded during the liberation war a protected area.
He carried out soil conservation and promoted sustainable agriculture among villagers. The protected area has regenerated into indigenous woodland and the local crop yields have increased.
He was honoured with the 1988 national certificate of merit by the national resources board of Zimbabwe. His achievement is an example for marginal farmers in Zimbabwe and elsewhere.
Nyakima Gitiri Women's Group
Since 1983 this community women's group has raised and supplied 175,000 seedlings for rural afforestation and collaborated with the Kenyan ministry of agriculture in promoting better farming methods.
Joseph R. O'Neal
A businessman who has promoted tree-planting in the British Virgin Islands since 1953 and led successful campaigns to establish 13 national parks and protected areas in the territory.
He is a founder member of the Caribbean Conservation Foundation, an NGO formed in 1967 which has brought together NGOs and governments in the region in work for sustainable development.
Ontario Public Interest Research Group
A university-based grassroots movement formed in 1973, OPIRG is active in public awareness campaigns and research in environmental and social issues.
The group works with communities on sustainable development activities and waste management, energy, acid rain and hazardous waste issues. It has established seven resource centres, which hold environmental documents not usually available to the public.
In 1981 Mr. Park founded the Korean Environmental Protection Institute, an NGO which promotes environmental awareness through seminars and exhibitions.
For the past 10 years he has researched, lectured, and written extensively on the environment, particularly on pollution.
In 1988 he was awarded the Republic of Korea's Grand Prize for Environmental Protection.
David William Pearce
Professor Pearce has been active in environmental issues since 1964 and is noted for his pioneering work in the economics of sustainable development.
He developed the theory and practice of environmental economics, which is now widely used by international development agencies.
Professor Pearce has written extensively on environment and development and helped establish in 1971/72 the environment directorate of OECD, to which he is an adviser.
Pemasky - Kuna Wildlands Project
This project, launched in 1981, was conceived and is being implemented by an indigenous group, the Kuna Indians of Comarca, San Blas, Panama.
The group is managing a 40,000 hectare primary forest which for centuries has provided the tribe's livelihood. It is an example of the world conservation strategy in action.
Philippine Foundation of Rural Broadcasters
Since its establishment in 1981, PFRB has brought to public notice significant environmental issues and concerns through its monthly newsletter and taped interviews aired on the radio programmes of PFRB's more than 200 broadcaster-members, nationwide. It has organised seminar-workshops for mass media practitioners, NGOs and GOS to help them better inform, educate and motivate their audiences.
The Foundation won the 1988 Philippines Award for Environment and Development, and the 1989 "Likas Yarman" (natural resources) award for outstanding environment communications and environmental activities.
Pokret Gorana Srbije (The Gorani Movement of Serbia)
A Yugoslav citizen's movement involved in afforestation since 1960. This organisation has mobilised brigades of volunteers to afforest 236,000 hectares. The movement organises well-attended rallies each world forestry day, on March 21, and publishes its own newspaper six times per year.