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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

4 June 2000

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY HONOURS AUSTRALIAN ACHIEVEMENTS


An Aboriginal community, a document company and a community conservation group are the Australian winners of United Nations Global 500 World Environment Day environmental awards.

At a international ceremony in the World Environment Day host city of Adelaide, Federal Environment and Heritage Minister Robert Hill congratulated the 14 winners from 12 different countries (attached).

The awards are made each year by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to individuals and organisations for outstanding achievement in protecting and improving the environment.

They were announced by the Executive Director of UNEP, Dr Klaus Toepfer, who is in Australia for official international World Environment Day activities on 5 June.

"I am particularly pleased, as Adelaide welcomes visitors from around the world, that the United Nations has chosen to honour the achievements of three very diverse Australian organisations," Senator Hill said.

"I congratulate the Andyamathanha Nepabunna Community, Fuji Xerox Australia, and the Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers for setting international standards, and for showing that environmental protection is a job for us all, from the top end of town to the local community level."

The Andyamathanha Nepabunna Community in South Australia set an Australian and international precedent when it became the first indigenous community voluntarily to declare part of their traditional land an Indigenous Protected Area, managed in accordance with World Conservation Union (IUCN) categories.

Fuji Xerox Australia developed the first Australian-made, cost-effective recycled paper for high speed applications, aiming to shift demand from 100 per cent pulp paper. The launch strategy for the product included a campaign to donate 20 cents of every ream sold to land care environment groups in the region where the paper is made.

The Ballarat-based Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers is a national, non-profit force of volunteers who complete more than 4000 week-long conservation projects in urban, regional and remote areas of Australia each year. The trust has planted more than 7.3 million trees over the past 10 years and manages the Federally-funded Green Corps program.

Since the Global 500 awards began in 1987, more than 650 individuals and organisations have been honoured, including 18 Australian recipients. A full list of Global 500 awards winners for World Environment Day 2000 is attached.

Media contacts: Rod Bruem (Senator Hill's office) 02 6277 7640 or 0419 258 364 Patrick Fletcher (Environment Australia): 0413 021 079




United Nations Environment Programme
Global 500 Roll of Honour for Environmental Achievement in 2000

The Andyamathanda Nepabunna Community
Australia

The Anyamathanha people of Nepabunna set an Australian and international precedent by being the first indigenous community voluntarily to declare a large portion of their land an Indigenous Protected Area.

Asbjorn Bjorgvinsson
Iceland

Asbjorn Bjorgvinsson's promotion of ecotourism and of the whale watching industry in Iceland has resulted in significant social, educational, economic and political benefits to Iceland.

David and Sheila Siddle
Zambia

Established in 1983, David and Sheila Siddle’s Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage is now the largest chimpanzee sanctuary in the world, with over 70 chimps roaming in social groups across 26 acres of free range enclosures.

Chumbe Island Coral Park
Zanzibar, the United Republic of Tanzania

Established in 1992, the Chumbe Island Coral Park is a pristine coral island ecosystem in an otherwise over-fished and over-exploited area. It is the first and only marine nature reserve in Tanzania developed by a private company.

Chief Larry Philip Fontaine
Canada

Chief Larry Philip Fontaine has helped the aboriginal peoples of Canada address the issue of environmental degradation in their communities and has helped them develop the skills necessary to record, interpret, monitor and solve problems dealing with the protection of their lands and resources.

Fuji Xerox Australia
Australia

Fuji Xerox has solved a significant environmental problem in the area of forest management by developing a recycled copy paper to precise specifications for use in digital equipment.

Robert M Hager
United States

Robert M Hager is a correspondent with the NBC News Network and has been a leader in covering global environmental issues on United States television, in particular the issues of ozone depletion and global warming.

The city of Las Pinas
Philippines

The city of Las Pinas, one of the most highly urbanized cities in metro Manila, has drawn up a blueprint addressing the protection of the environment through legislation and community action and brought about savings which have been invested in the construction of roads, schools, health clinics, day care and nutrition centre and colleges.

Dr Reuben Americo Marti
Argentina

Dr Reuben Marti is known in Argentina as the Green Mayor, for his considerable contribution to the environment, including establishing the Free University of the Environment and the Environment Observatory, writing Cordoba's first Environment Regulation and creating 10 urban parks and a 200 kilometre bicycle path throughout the city

Mei Ng
Hong Kong, the People's Republic of China

Mei Ng, as the first Chinese director of Friends of the Earth, Hong Kong has for the last eight years worked tirelessly to defend Hong Kong's endangered environment and to spread the message into China.

Carlos de Prada
Spain

Carlos de Prada is considered one of Spain's greatest media advocates of nature conservation and through his radio programs and as a columnist in El Mundo, he has dealt with issues such as waste, clean energy production, biological diversity, forest fires, pollution and the preservation of ecosystems.

Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers
Australia

The Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers, founded in 1982, is a national, non-profit community organisation whose mission is to attract and manage a force of volunteers in practical conservation projects for the betterment of the Australian environment.

BUNDjugend
Germany

BUNDjugend, the youth branch of the Association for the Environment and Nature Conservation, placed a wager with Germany's Federal Minister for the Environment that they could achieve the Government's climate protection target in 192 participating schools within seven months, instead of the seven year period the Government had set for itself. They won the bet.

Globetree Foundation
Sweden

Globetree has worked tirelessly to unite children in caring for their world using theatre and drama as its tools and science and technology as its platform. Globetree uses theatre and drama as its tools and has science and technology as its platform.

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