2011

Vasundhara Sanman

Rajendra Singh

Rajendra Singh (born 6 August 1959) is a well-known Water Conservationist from Alwar, Rajasthan (India). He is the Founder of an NGO called Tarun Bharat Sangh (TBS). The NGO has been instrumental in fighting the slow bureaucracy and has helped villagers take charge of water management in their areas, through the use of check dams and other time-tested as well as path-breaking techniques. This NGO played a vital role in reviving Arvari River. Activities of the TBS are spread over an area of 6,500 sq km, which includes parts of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh. Rajendra Singh, the man who ‘divined’ water in the arid regions of eastern Rajasthan, has built about 4,500 earthen check dams or johads, to collect rainwater in around 850 villages across 11 districts in the State since 1985. The TBS has also helped revive 5 rivers that had gone dry.

Vasundhara Mitra

Bedi Brothers (Filmmakers)

Naresh and Rajesh (the Bedi Brothers), have worked together as Filmmakers and Photographers for over 40 years. They have traveled to the remotest corners of India to produce pictorial books and films on the cultural and natural heritage of the country. In recognition of excellence of their work, the Bedi Brothers have been awarded several National and International awards as prestigious as the Green Oscar and the Wildscreen Award (1984) for their outstanding work. The productions of Bedi Films, TV News / Feature Agency reflect their multi-faceted competence. Their services meet the requirements of some of the world’s most demanding International broadcasters such as the BBC, National Geographic and Discovery Channel. Their wildlife photos and footages have also made significant contributions to the Subcontinent’s natural history, while spreading a strong conservation message.

Dr. Kartikeya Sarabhai

Director – CEE (Organization)
Centre for Environment Education, CEE was created in recognition of the importance of Environmental Education in India’s overall environment and development strategy. The result of a unique partnership between the Govt. and a Non’Governmental institution, CEE was established as a Centre of Excellence in 1984. It was supported by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Govt. of India. At the time when it began its activities, CEE was perhaps the only organization actively engaged in Environmental Education in the country. Later, it was decided to move more from Environmental Education towards Environmental Action Projects for a sustainable development. Today, CEE works for a wide range of sectors, target groups and geographical areas. CEE sees a major opportunity in the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-14), to further contribute towards sustainable development.

Dr. Ulhas Karanth (Activist)

Ulhas Karanth, Ph.D., is a Conservation Zoologist and a leading Tiger Expert based in Karnataka, India. He is the Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and India Program. Dr. Karanth directs the WCS efforts to help save tigers, and has conducted countrywide surveys to better estimate their population and habitat needs. Dr. Karanth’s system of sampling – using cameras to track tigers in a certain area and then using statistical techniques to estimate their numbers, proved to be a more scientific and correct method than the Govt. used pugmark system of counting tigers. Karanth plans to turn his longest single project – Nagarhole Tiger Project (where rehabilitating the population, protecting the forest cover and strictly cracking down on poaching that helped in saving tigers) into a model, which can be replicated in other habitats. In 2007, Dr. Karanth won the $200,000 J. Paul Getty Award for Conservation Leadership. The earlier recipients of this award include Dr. Salim Ali and Jane Goodall.

Datta Ugaonkar

Mr Datta Ugaonkar has been working for nature and bird conservation in the NandurMadhameshwar region of Nashik since 1982. He contributed to the movement that led to NandurMadhameshwar being declared a sanctuary. In the 13 villages and schools in the sanctuary premises, he currently conducts slide shows and competitions to promote awareness on the conservation of environment. He has written for many magazines and newspapers. By getting the authorities to ban the hunting of birds, he has helped conserve native birds of the sanctuary. Since the last 30 years, MrUgaonkar has been conducting an in-depth study, besides making a list of the native birds in the region.

Master Class

Laura Marshall

(Joint Founder, Managing Director and Executive Producer of Icon Films)
After leaving school, Laura spent a year in Paris working for Henri and Martine Cartier-Bresson. On return, she spent time working for the Toby Eady Literary Agency and the Author & Scientist, Iain Douglas Hamilton. In 1986, she started her first job in television working for Roger Graef (Films of Record), to develop film and television projects at Limehouse Studios. After 2 years, she moved to Cumbria and worked with her husband, Harry Marshall at his company, John Peel. In 1990, Harry and Laura moved to Bristol and together founded Icon Films.

Nicola Reeves

(Operations Co-ordinator for the Wildscreen Festival)
After studying French and music for four years at the University of Durham, Nicola underwent a dramatic change of direction by opting to work in the conservation sector and joined Wildscreen in 2005. Wildscreen Festival is world’s largest wildlife & environmental film festival and public outreach program. Organising an international film festival has provided Nicola with a unique overview of the world of wildlife and environmental filmmaking. She has participated in the Wildscreen Festival for the fourth time in October 2012.