In 1988, Jorge Cappato, lecturer and environmentalist, was honoured with the highest national environmental award, known as "Conserving the Future" by the Ministry of Environment.
He is the author of Man and his Environment and has written over 1000 articles as Editor of the daily paper El Litoral and over 400 articles for schools. He has initiated various seminars on the environment, including the first meeting of Argentina's environmental NG0s. He is also responsible for the implementation of UNEPs campaign "A Tree for Every Child" in Argentina. He is the author of the chapter about Ecology in the "New Encyclopedia of the Province of Santa Fe", published in 1991, and recipient of the "St Clare of Assisi" award, a very important recognition at national level, for his journalistic works on health and the environment.
"In 2001 he was designated National Coordinator of Fundacion PROTEGER - Friends of the Earth Argentina Federation". He is a Board Member, Foro Global 500 Environmental Forum; and Non-governmental focal point for CEPA-Ramsar.
Robert Peter Burton
Robert Burton was a leading figure in the fight to protect the Franklin River in the heart of Tasmania's south-west wilderness. In 1983 he was one of 15,000 arrested before the Franklin Dam was stopped.
He is the author of the definitive works on the impact of hydro electric dams and the mining industry on the island state's wilderness and natural heritage. These works have helped bolster the work of several environmental groups leading to 20% of Tasmania being declared a World Heritage Wilderness Area. Burton's early photographic work and public advocacy of the protection of the region led to the establishment of the Douglas-Apsley National Park in 1989.
Burton is a former vicepresident of the Australian Conservation Foundation whose frequent advocacy on both television and radio has helped foster constructive debate on environmental issues.
In developing educational programmes and informing the public on ways better to manage their resources to protect the environment, Michael Bloomfield, Founder and Executive Director of The Harmony Foundation of Canada, has helped many Canadians take definite steps towards sustainable development, including conservation, protecting forests and recycling wastes.
The Harmony Foundation, founded in 1985, has published two booklets and a regular newsletter with advice on practical actions to protect the environment. Michael Bloomfield is the Editor of Home and Family Guide: Practical Actions for the Environment.
Charley Barretto, a recipient of the "Likas Yaman" award from the Philippines Department of Natural Resources and Environment in 1988 and the "Woman of Ecology" 1989 award from the Metro Manila Council of Women, is the Founder and President of World Ecologists Foundation.
Under Barretto's guidance, the foundation had by its first anniversary reached its target of planting over one million trees. It is now undertaking the reforestation of 100 hectares in Nueva Ecija employing the tribal Aetas and with the official cooperation of the Philippines Army. The foundation has been instrumental in creating environmental awareness through its television programme "World Ecologists Presents" as well as through publications.
Barretto is also the founder and lecturer of "Science Mind and Man", one of the largest and most active movements in the Philippines.
Brigitte Bardot, founder of the "Fondation Brigitte Bardot," has been very active in promoting the protection of animals and improving human behaviour towards them. She has most recently been involved in advocating the protection of endangered species and gave her French Riviera estate to the Fondation which has now officially been recognised as a public utility.
Barli Development Institute for Rural Women
Barli Development Institute for Rural Women was established in 1985 for the upliftment of rural and tribal women living in rural communities in the districts around Indore.
The organic growth of the Institute has enabled it to develop a comprehensive curriculum that empowers the women with the knowledge and skills they need to improve their lives and the lives of their families and the communities in which they live.
In 1987, the Institute joined the Indian Government's Technology Mission on drinking water, in Jhabua, one of the 51 districts affected by guinea-worms, with 302 villages having 752 infected persons and 211,813 at risk.
The Institute coordinated with the government in conducting environmental programmes to educate and train tribal villagers, mainly women, on prevention and eradication of guinea worms, caused by contaminated water.
Mobilisation and motivation of health fuctionaries was also designed around the government's work related to drinking water management. This helped the district with complete eradication of guinea-worms.
Since July 1992, the Institute has voluntarily started working for another neighbouring district, Dhar, where 68 active cases were found by the Government in six villages
Association Nationale des Pionniers de Reboisement
The objective of "National Association of Pioneers for Reforestation" (Association Nationale des Pionniers de Reboisement) is to unify young people in the fight against desertification. Between 1986 and 1989 they have planted nearly 28,000 trees and 10 nurseries have been established in Senegal. They have also held five training courses, seven "days of reflection" and one public conference on reafforestation.
In 1990, with the aim of mobilising more schools to begin reforestation, ANPR initiated the project "Promotion of Forests" (PROFOS).
Pablo Amaringo, a "vegitalista" (traditional healer) turned painter, has been teaching painting to youth in Pucallpa since 1980. His Shanianisti background has helped him understand the Amazonian ecology depicted in the paintings. Paintings done by young people (aged 11 to 20 portray a rich array of plant and animal life, and have helped the inhabitants understand their environment, as well as serving a useful guide to outsiders.
Miguel Alvarez del Toro
Professor Alvarez del Toro, Director of the Tuxtla Gutierrez Zoo, is a researcher dealing with the study of Mexico's wildlife and nature. He is also an Honorary member of the American Ornithological Society and is regarded as the grandfather of ecologists and environment preservers in Mexico. Professor Alvarez's research and work to preserve the Chiapas regions' heritage has been published and recognised worldwide.