Nigerian Conservation Foundation
The Nigerian Conservation Foundation is a charitable trust dedicated to the promotion of nature conservation. It launched the "Save the Yankari Game Reserve" campaign in 1984 and established the Lekki Conservation Centre and Nature Reserve as an outdoor laboratory for school children to educate them on important environmental issues in the country. Following recommendations from NCF, the Natural Resources Conservation Council was established and inaugurated by the President in 1991. They have also launched school clubs and a school magazine called Tortoise.
Mr Josip Movcan, a forestry engineer, has for 32 years been responsible for maintaining the protection and development of one of Yugoslavia's oldest national parks - the Plitvice Lakes in Croatia - which is on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Movcan has been actively engaged in encouraging the abandonment of logging in national parks, to preserve ecosystems.
He has thrice been a member of the European Federation of National Parks and Reserves, and is a recipient of the Van Tienhofen Award and the Gold Packard Medal.
Hasna J. Moudud
Hasna J. Moudad, former member of the Bangladesh Parliament, created a committee of non-partisan parliamentarians representing coastal constituencies working to highlight the tough problems of coastal ecosystems in Bangladesh.
As Chairman of a special parliamentary committee on coastal area and environment, she submitted guidelines for a Master Action Plan for saving the fragile coastal ecosystems and marine environment leading to an improvement of the quality of life of the people of coastal areas.
She has been campaigning for the regional acceptance and implementation of environmental standards modelled on the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. She spearheaded efforts both within the parliament and among the public to promote environmental awareness and the involvement of women in environmental issues. She is also editor of Environmental Weekly Bulletin
Veer Bhadra Mishra
Dr. Mishra founded the Sankat Mochan Foundation in 1982, with the objective of launching the "Swaccha Ganga" ("Clean the Ganges") project to protect the River Ganges from pollution. It was the first organized action by an NGO geared towards public education and awareness building to embrace the entire Ganga Basin.
Dr. Mishra is a professor of Hydraulics and Water Resources Engineering at Banaras Hindu University and Head Priest of the Sankat Mochen Temple in Varanas
Dr. Shirley McGreal
Dr. McGreal is the founder and Chairwoman of the International Primate Protection League, which she established in 1973.
IPPL, which has Field Representatives in 33 countries and 13,000 members worldwide, has been in the forefront of the battle against illegal trafficking in gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees and other endangered primate species, and several notorious smugglers have been jailed or indicted because of IPPL's front-line investigations. IPPL also provides grants to primate rescue centres around the world. Recipients have included facilities in Thailand, Zambia, Brazil, Uganda, and the Congo Republic.
For 19 years, Dr. McGreal has been the publisher and editor of the International Primate Protection League Newsletter.
After thorough study of the problem of reusable and recyclable resources, Mary McGillicuddy-Shechy helped establish Kerry Recycling Cooperative in July 1989. The Co-op conducted environmental literacy programmes for householders, businesses, and schoolchildren.
There have been environmental and economic benefits for the participants and a reduction in tonnage dumped in local landfills. Jobs were created for a period of time for those involved, but due to inadequate structural support, they have ceased. The group's educational outreach has heightened environmental awareness.
Colleen McCrory, as Chairperson of the Valhalla Wilderness Society, led an eight-year campaign from 1976 for the establishment of the 49,000 hectare Valhalla Provincial Park in 1983.
Between 1984-1987 she assisted in the formation of the National Save South Moresby Park Reserve on Queen Charlotte Island. She received the Equinox Citation Award for her achievements in saving Canada's environment in 1989, which encouraged her to form Canada's Future Forest Alliance, an umbrella coalition of grassroots organizations representing one million Canadians.
Over the years its Board of Directors and Staff have included a diverse mixture of scientific expertise, political strategists, public spokespersons and literary/artistic talent. Colleen McCrory, who was one of VWS's chief activists and its longtime Chairperson, passed away suddenly in July of 2007
J. Michael McCloskey
Michael McCloskey, for 17 years the Executive Director and now Chairman of the Sierra Club, is one of the most respected and successful environmental leaders in the United States.
Under his leadership, the Sierra Club grew to 350,000 members and now has over 600,000. It works with environmental groups worldwide. Between 1987-1989, he was the originator of the first World Wilderness Inventory, a key draftsman of the UN Charter for Nature and the legislative advocate for the establishment of the Redwood National Park in Northern California in the 1960s. McCloskey refocussed the EarthCare Network, managed by the Sierra Club, to make it a truly global tool. He is or has been a member of 40 boards, and has published over 30 articles related to the environment.
He is now also Chairman of the Natural Resources Council of America.
In 1978, Professor Satoo established the Japan Wildlife Research Centre, a non-profit making NGO which has contributed effectively to the development of government policies for conservation of biological resources in Japan. Under Professor Satoo's guidance, the Centre began technical cooperation with developing countries on wildlife conservation. As President of the Centre and Vice President of the International Union Forestry Research Organizations, he has published several books and more than 100 papers.
Anesia do Amaral Schmidt
84-year-old Anesia do Amaral Schmidt and her 86-year-old husband Wolfgang, owners of the "Santa Monica" farm in Brazil, have dedicated their energies to the conservation of their native woods.
Their farm comprises about 2,500 trees of 23 different species and after 47 years produces commercially viable hardwoods on a sustainable basis. Although their project began as a hobby, it is now a fully fledged research centre based on a specialised library and a collection of 234 species of timber samples.