Kalinga Prize laureate

1994

Russia
Nikolai Nikolayevich Drozdov

For his contribution to the promotion of scientific knowledge, notably on environmental conservation, and raising public awareness on environmental issues

Born in Moscow (Russia), Nikolai Nikolayevich Drozdov obtained a Ph.D. in Bio-Geography in 1968 from the Moscow State University where he has since worked as a Professor giving lectures on ecology, ornithology, nature conservation, bio-geography, etc. As a researcher he has been involved in numerous scientific expeditions around the world and has published the book Flight of Boomerang which is about one of his expeditions to Australia. Professor Drozdov is also very active in public work. He is one of fifteen advisors to the Secretary-General of the United Nations concerning ecology, and from 1996-1998, he was a member of the High Consultation Council for Steady Development under the UN Secretary General. He is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences and the International Researchers Club, and he is an academician of the Russian Academy of Television. He has received numerous awards including the UNEP Global 500 Award, the Golden Panda Award for the film Kingdom of the Russian Bear, produced in cooperation with David Attenborough, and the most recognized Russian television award – The Golden Orpheus. In 1996, Drozdov was elected fellow of the Russian Television Academy, and in 1998 he was awarded an honorary diploma from the World Wildlife Fund "For outstanding contribution to nature conservation in Russia and around the world”.

Since 1968, he has worked towards increasing public environmental awareness in Russia by taking part in the popular television programme on wildlife conservation In the World of Animals; first as a narrator, and after as an anchor and author of the programme. He has also authored and co-authored many other television programmes and videos on nature and animals, such as On the Pages of Red Book, Rare Animals, Standards of Biosphere and The Reign of the Russian Bear. His most successful film, The Kingdom of the Russian Bear was translated into Spanish and German and has been shown on television in those countries. He is also the author of approximately 200 scientific and popular science articles, more than 20 books, textbooks and teaching aids.

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