2009

Vasundhara Sanman

Dr. Sanjay Mande

Dr. Sanjay Mande of Aurangabad (India) is an IIT postgraduate with a Doctorate in Environmental Science.He has also been a fellow at the Tata Energy and Resource Institute, New Delhi. At present, he is working as a Manager at Delloite India. Dr. Sanjay Mande has more than 21 years of in-depth experience in the Renewable Energy and Environmental Science sector of various cutting edge renewable technologies like solar, biogas, biomass etc.

Vasundhara Mitra

Dilasa Jivikas Pratishthan

‘Dilasa Janvikas Pratishthan’ of Aurangabad (India) is an NGO working in about 900 villages in the field of rural development. It undertakes the water shed development works, thereby enhancing the surface and groundwater storages and improving the soil. This has helped not only in restoring the ecology of rural terrain, but also in improving the economic and social conditions of the village folk. The Dilasa Mahila Gruha Undyao (women’s domestic industry) produces and markets 28 different domestic products, Dilasa has become the doce word for development in the areas covered by it, through its education programmes,Rural Technology Park, children’s welfare projects, participatory irrigation projects and watershed and awuifer management. The work of Dilasa Janvikas Pratishthan is significant from the point of view of empowerment of rural people and strengthening the ecological resources.

Mr. Rajesh Thombre

Rajesh Thombre, a former journalist of Chalisgaon (India), is an enthusiast in Herpetology. On his own, he has studied the behavioural and biological aspects of snakes, and is also expert snake-catcher and handler. He is a cressder, who tries to imbibe into the minds of people the importance of snakes in the natural food chain. He has also authored a book entitled The Snakes and US. His Work, particularly among the superstitious rural folk, is important for the cause of snake protection.

Mr. Sanjay Kamble

Sanjay Kamble, of Latur (India), is the founder of the voluntary organization, Jana Aadhar. In 2005, he started a participative project of collecting garbage and solid waste, segregating plastic from it, and utilizing it to manufacture mattresses and pillows. This provided employment to about 250 women below poverty line, 30 of them were Leprosy affected. He started recycling the degradable waste into domestic charcoal. His work in eliminating solid waste and providing livelihood to the downtrodden is remarkable, eco-friendly, and helpful to sustainable development.