Walter Atilio Fontana
When Mr. Fontana was only 15 years old he was already a dedicated ecologist. At 22 he was an environmental writer and in 1984 he founded the Juvenile Action and Ecological Fight Centre (CALEJ), which promotes environmental education using mass media and teachers. Since 1989 he has presided the Fundacion de Accion Ecologica and organised over 60 courses for teachers and social instructors. In 1990 he became president of the organising committee for the "World Year of the Children and the Environment" held in 18 Argentine cities. He is director of an environmental magazine "Foro Ecologista" ("Ecologist Forum") and writes and directs radio programmes.
I. T. Frolov
Mr. Frolov is the author of a number of booklets devoted to the philosophical aspects of the environment and the global problems facing humanity. He was also editing-chief of a number of publications related to similar subjects. Frolov now heads the Scientific Council on Philosophical and Social Problems of Science and Technology of the Academy of Science of Russia. Frolov is a member of the International Board of the Ecoforum and Peace movement.
Bjorn Olov Gillberg
Mr. Gillberg is the founder and director of Sweden's most influential environmental advocacy group, Miljocentrum. For 19 years he has been the publisher and editor of the monthly journal "Miljo och Framtid" ("Environment and the Future"). He initiated anti-pollution lawsuits, which have improved national legislation, and through his efforts, industry has now adopted pollution abatement measures. The numerous lawsuits he has won to compensate victims of environmental abuse have had wide publicity in the media.
Dr. Gonsalves developed a training and education programme promoting the adoption of environmentally-sound methods of food production in the Philippines and other third world countries. The programme focuses on problems of deforestation, soil erosion, fuel shortages, pesticide mismanagement, deterioration of rice eco-systems, loss of genetic resources and related stress on rural social systems. Specialists from more than 100 government and non-governmental agencies have been trained to adapt and disseminate these strategies in different countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Dr. Hassan is a leading corporate lawyer who has been actively involved in drafting conservation legislation with governments since 1975. The 1983 Pakistan Environmental Protection Ordinance is legislation proposed by Dr. Hassan. Since 1987, he has prevented contamination of ground water from untreated tannery wastes in the city of Kasur. In 1989, he formed the Environmental Protection Society of Pakistan. He has been IUCN's regional councilor for West Asia and deputy chairman of the Environmental Law Commission. Dr. Hassan also chairs WWF's Scientific Committee and is a member of the Pakistan Environmental Protection Council, the highest official body on environmental matters in Pakistan.
Donald James Henry
Mr. Henry campaigned against tourism development in Lindeman Island National Park and in the rainforests of north Queensland. As director of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland and editor of "Wildlife Australia", Henry has succeeded in generating grassroots support for conservation among rural people. He has also been appointed a commissioner with the Australian Heritage Commission and environmental adviser to the Brisbane City Council. Henry is president of the Moreton Island Protection Committee and the Australian Committee for IUCN. He sits on the Natural Environment Committee of the National Trust of Australia.
Hoogovens Aluminium is a smelter plant located on 227 acres of which 195 acres have been developed into a nature reserve. In 1976, 140,000 native trees and bushes were planted, attracting hundreds of wildlife species. Two large ponds were built in 1980 and 1987, which attracted amphibians, ducks and herons. An additional 50 acres have also been set aside as a forest, making it possible for cattle to graze without the risk of fluoride intake. The Hoogovens smelter is a fine example of how industry and nature can co-exist.
Mr. Jamts has written articles on nature preservation, and rational utilisation and reclamation of natural resources. His publications showed that the cultivation of the Eastern Mongolian steppes would lead to soil erosion and loss of biodiversity and the area was subsequently set aside as a reserve. Jamts' efforts have also resulted in the closure of a number of lumbering companies, dropping the volume of sawn timer by one million cubic metres and saving 10,000 hectares of woodlands. He also initiated the tree-planting movement which aims to plant 70 million saplings.
Ms. Kakabadse was head of Fundacion Natura (Nature Foundation), which was established 1979. Fundacion Natural promotes public awareness on environment and conservation and has succeeded in developing legislation to prevent damage to nature's resources. Kakabadse's work prompted the President of Ecuador to declare the 1990s a decade of eco-development. She is IUCN's regional counselor, a member of the editorial advisory board of the "World Resources Report" and a member of UNEP's Senior Women's Advisory Group, Kakabadse worked as the NGO Liaison Officer in UNCED from November 1990 until July 1992.
Robert Glenn Ketchum
Artist and author, Robert Glenn Ketchum, uses his exhibitions, publications and the media to bring to public attention critical environmental issues within the USA. His book "The Hudson River and the Highlands" has been used by the Hudson River Greenway Council to support and encourage community participation in greenway development. "The Tongass: Alaska's Vanishing Rain Forest" helped to mobilise nationwide support for congressional approval of the largest timber reform bill in the history of the United States and "Overlooked in America: The Success and Failure of Federal Land Management" sharply criticises the federal government for its neglected care of public land and resources.