非洲：尚比亞的辛溫加（Hammerskoeld Simwainga），45歲。尚比亞北盧安瓜谷地（North Luangwa Valley）非法盜獵猖獗，造成野生象群瀕絕，並帶來嚴重貧窮問題。辛溫加設立創新的永續社區發展計畫，成功復育生態，也改造了這個貧困地區。
中南美洲：秘魯的巴拉索斯（Julio Cusurichi Palacios），36歲。他守護偏遠的秘魯亞馬遜森林裡一塊國家保護區，同時捍衛了脆弱的雨林生態系與原住民生存權，使其遠離伐木與採礦的侵擾破壞。
An Irish farmer jailed for his work in opposing Shell Oil’s gas pipeline through his land and an Icelandic entrepreneur saving North Atlantic wild salmon by brokering innovative fishing rights buyouts are among the winners of this year’s prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize. "This year’s Prize recipients have succeeded in combating some of the most important environmental challenges we face today," said Goldman Prize founder Richard Goldman. "Their commitment in the face of great personal risk inspires us all to think more critically about what ordinary people can do to make a difference."
The $125,000 Goldman Environmental Prize, now in its 18th year, is awarded annually to six grassroots environmental heroes and is the largest award of its kind in the world.
This year’s winners are:
North America: Sophia Rabliauskas, 47, Canada: Working on behalf of the Poplar River First Nation, Rabliauskas succeeded in securing interim protection for a portion of the boreal forest of Manitoba, effectively preventing destructive logging and hydro-power development while calling on government and international agencies to permanently protect the region.
Africa: Hammerskjoeld Simwinga, 45, Zambia: In Zambia’s North Luangwa Valley, where rampant illegal wildlife poaching decimated the wild elephant population and left villagers living in extreme poverty, Simwinga created an innovative sustainable community development program that successfully restored wildlife and transformed this poverty-stricken area.
Asia: Tsetsegee Munkhbayar, 40, Mongolia: Munkhbayar successfully worked with government and grassroots organizations to shut down destructive mining operations along Mongolia’s scarce waterways. Through public education and political lobbying, Munkhbayar has effectively protected Mongolia’s precious water resources from additional unregulated mining.
South and Central America: Julio Cusurichi Palacios, 36, Peru: In the remote Peruvian Amazon, Cusurichi secured a national reserve to protect both sensitive rainforest ecosystems and the rights of indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation from the devastating effects of logging and mining.
Europe: Willie Corduff, 53, Ireland: In the small farming community of Rossport, Corduff and a group of fellow local residents and landowners successfully forced Shell Oil to halt construction on an illegally-approved pipeline through their land.
Islands and Island Nations: Orri Vigfússon, 64, Iceland: With business savvy and an unwavering commitment to reverse the near-extinction of wild North Atlantic salmon, Vigfússon brokered huge international fishing rights buyouts with governments and commercial interests, helping bring to an end destructive commercial salmon fishing in the region.
Prize winners are selected by an international jury from confidential nominations submitted by a worldwide network of environmental organizations and individuals.