Club des Amis de la Nature (CANUY)
An association of youth groups for the preservation of nature.
Since 1981, the Friends of Nature have organised two national seminars, field and study trips to the 10 provinces of Cameroon, conferences and seminars, debates on the environment, television and radio programmes, and film shows and exhibitions on natural resources and their degradation. CANUY subcommittees are organised by the secondary schools of Cameroon. There are 60 clubs at present.
The late Mrs. d'Achille was a journalist. She took part in an expedition conducted by Jacques Cousteau, which stimulated her interest in the environment. Mrs. d'Achille visited the Peruvian jungles for 18 years, opposing any depredation and campaigned for national parks and sustainable development.
In 1987, the Continental Bank honoured her with an award for creating awareness of conservation. During a mission to study the area of Huancavelica, Peru, she was attacked and murdered on 31 May 1989.
One of the world's leading environmental photographers. His photographs, which are widely-used, show environmental themes in terms of human beings, often with dignity.
His 20-year involvement in the field ensures that he understands the issues, which he neither demeans or sensationalises. He has built up a library of environmental photographs of outstanding quality.
Hussain Muhammad Ershad
Former President Hussain Ershad gave strong environmental leadership in Bangladesh, a nation vulnerable to present and future environmental hazards including climate change.
He campaigned for early conclusion of an international convention on protection and conservation of climate. He also proposed a global fund to help developing countries prevent environmental degradation.
At national level, former President Ershad declared 1990 as the "Year of Environment" and 1990-1999 as the "Decade of Environment" in Bangladesh.
Dr. Escobar, a marine biologist, has been responsible for the scientific coordination of projects at CPPS, the coordinating body of the South-East Pacific Action Plan since 1983.
Dr. Escobar established marine pollution studies and environmental impact assessment in Colombia and is the coordinator of studies on the implications of climatic change in the S. E. Pacific.
Fabio Jose Feldmann
Mr. Feldmann, a lawyer and congressman, founded the Union of the Earth Defenders, an NGO active in many environmental campaigns. It played a role in reviewing the financing for several developments begun without environmental impact studies.
Mr. Feldmann supported bills in Brazilian Congress to protect natural resources and endangered species. He is recognised as a leading force behind the inclusion of an environmental chapter in the new Brazilian constitution which has provisions for land reclamation, conservation, environmental education, and the rights of indigenous peoples.
Jose Jaime Flota
Mr. Flota has dedicated two decades of his journalistic career to the protection of the environment. His television series on the monarch butterfly and the sanctuaries of this endangered species played a key role in the creation of legislation to preserve it.
His reportage on contamination helped create ecological awareness among the inhabitants of Mexico City and gathered support for measures to clean its heavily- polluted air.
Since 1985, he has produced "60 minutes", a popular TV documentary including series on climate change and global warming. His report on Mexico's forests led to government measures to protect them.
Kathryn S. Fuller
Ms. Fuller became President of WWF-US in 1989. With over 3,000 projects in more than 140 countries, WWF is the leader in the conservation of the living environment by practical and positive action.
Following Ms. Fuller's initiative, WWF has advanced debt-for-nature swaps as a valuable tool for easing third world debt while at the same time directing new funds into protection of threatened ecosystems in tropical countries. Ms. Fuller is a recipient of several honorary degrees, including one from her alma mater, Brown University. She is a member of the President's Commission on Environmental Quality, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Overseas Development Council.
Before joining WWF in 1982, she served as Chief of the Wildlife and Marine Resources Section of the US Justice Department.
A doctor and ecologist, Mr. Fonseca has used his own funds for numerous efforts in reafforestation and environmental conservation in Brazil. For 19 years he has been working in defense of the jungle ecology of the Mucuri and Jequitinhonha areas.
Since 1975, he has maintained a forest nursery with the aim of preserving the flora and fauna of the Atlantic Coast Jungle.