Mukhtar Shakhanov, Editor-in-Chief of the Zhalyn Magazine, is well known in Kazakhstan for his articles which raised public awareness of the need for the protection of the Aral Sea.
The International Public Committee was established with Shakhanov as its head, which combined efforts of public organizations, scientists and world specialists to solve the ecological problems in the Aral Region. An international charitable fund was organized with the intention of building a children's hospital and sanitary camp.
Shakhanov is also a poet and his revelations of the tragedy of the Aral Sea have earned him worldwide recognition.
Through the preservation of existing forests and the greening of the residential districts, Shanglijia Village has become a model of an eco-farming village.
With the construction of large animal farms, orange gardens and factories for fodder processing, printing, agricultural machinery and hardware, the economic focus of the village has shifted towards a more sustainable and environmentally sound basis. In addition, a large biogas system has been established to help solve the daily energy problems of the villagers.
Daphne Marjorie Sheldrick
For over 25 years, Daphne Sheldrick has worked at the 8,000 sq. mile Tsavo National Park in Kenya. She successfully raised and rehabilitated to the wild many animals.
She was the first person to succeed in raising orphaned infant elephants to which end she established the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Sheldrick has brought to light the more subtle behavioural aspects of wild creatures, and has featured prominently on numerous television programmes.
She has passed on her experiences in four popular books, written articles on wildlife matters and lectured extensively in Kenya and abroad.
For nearly 20 years, Professor Shin has been very active in the field of environmental science and engineering, playing an important role in the establishment of the national strategy for the "Cleaner and Greener Programme" at the government level, as well as the establishment of the National Basis for Institutional Reform, which led to the establishment of six regional environmental offices in the Republic of Korea. He has received numerous awards including the National Presidential Certificate of Honour for Science Day and Green Medal on World Environment Day in 1988.
Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel
Since 1953 the Society For the Protection of Nature in Israel has involved people of all faiths (Jews, Christians and Muslims) in outdoor recreational and learning activities in its efforts to raise environmental awareness. The Society operates 25 Field Study Centres that organize direct public action to save threatened natural and historic sites. Research is conducted in conjunction with Israeli Universities and International seminars on environmental education for both developed and developing countries.
Southern Women Against Toxins
Southern Women Against Toxics (SWAT) mobilises and empowers communities to fight the health and environmental threats posed to their communities by toxic and garbage dumps and incinerators.
SWAT works to empower the women in the grassroots environmental leadership in order that the women, if they chose to do so, can take these leadership skills into the next forum. It serves as a clearing house of information for the purpose of community education.
The Director is a speaker who has been featured in international publications and and in television shows in the United States and Japan. Campaigns and protests have successfully blocked numerous would-be hazardous waste facilities. In addition, protests have brought attention to environmental issues and citizens' rights.(This organization is no longer active.)
Sri Lanka Journalists Forum (SLEJF)
Sri Lanka Journalists Forum (SLEJF), founded in 1987, is a professional body of print and electronic media journalists engaged in environmental communication and awareness building. It is a registered NGO, with 278 members. To date they have trained over 350 Sri Lankan journalists on environmental reporting and sensitised them to environmental issues. They in turn have assisted in creating public awareness on sustainable development. Since the demand for training has been so high SLEJF commenced a four-month Diploma course in Environmental Journalism. They have now trained 260 students with over 4,500 applicants for last year.
Bjoern Strandli, County Environmental Chief in Norway, developed a programme which integrated various land-use interests such as farming, recreation areas, nature conservation, archaeological monumuments and development. He organized a joint Nordic project aimed at the practical application of conservation strategies on current land use planning at Municipal and County level. The project has made a significant contribution to the development of Nordic approaches to environmental management.
The Dutch Cyclists Union (Fietsersbondenfb)
The Dutch Cyclists Union was established in 1975 to fight for the rights of the millions of Dutch cyclists. More than 50 local groups try to influence policy at a municipal level by means of street actions, negotiations and expert advice to encourage more people to use their bicycles, and therefore protect the environment by avoiding polluting modes of transportation. Today, the Netherlands is a model of how to integrate cyclists into a conventional public traffic network.
The Xian Eco-Animal Breeding Farm
In 1986, The Xian Eco-animal breeding farm became a demonstration eco-farming site. In order to solve the pollution problem from the village's large sized pig-farm, the farm undertook the construction of eco-farming engineering involving purification systems of gourd pools, fish ponds and paddy fields. This not only significantly reduced the pollution problem, but also increased the economic profits greatly. The farm has now become a successful garden-like farm that promotes the development of eco-farming in the county. All 14 farms that followed this example have worked to integrat social, economic and environmental goals.