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Vandana Shiva  

Areas of Environmental Action:

Land, Poverty, Sustainable Consumption, Traditional knowledge 

Summary of Achievements:

Dr. Vandana Shiva is a physicist, ecofeminist, philosopher, activist, and author of many books. In the 1970s she participated in the Chipko movement. The movement, whose name comes from the Hindi word for 'embrace', was a group of villagers – mainly women – in the Uttarakhand region of India who opposed commercial logging. They became known for their tactic of hugging trees to prevent them being cut down. This gave rise to the term 'tree hugger' for environmentalists.

In 1982, she founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology. This institute is dedicated to high quality and independent research to address the most significant ecological and social issues of our times, in close partnership with local communities and social movements. Initiatives of this foundation are the organic farming programme Navdanya, the Bija Vidyapeeth (or Seed University, International College for Sustainable Living), and 'Diverse Women for Diversity'.

The movement Navdanya focuses on biodiversity conservation and farmers' rights. 'Navdanya' means nine crops that represent India's collective source of food security. The main aim of the Navdanya biodiversity conservation programme is to support local farmers, rescue and conserve crops and plants that are being pushed to extinction and make them available through direct marketing. Navdanya is actively involved in the rejuvenation of indigenous knowledge and culture. It has created awareness on the hazards of genetic engineering, defended people's knowledge from biopiracy and food rights in the face of globalization. It has its own seed bank and organic farm spread over 20 acres in Uttranchal, northern India.

Through campaigns, such as the "Neem Campaign" and "Basmati Campaign" Dr. Shiva has contributed intellectually and as an activist to the area of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and Biodiversity. Besides her activism, she also serves on expert groups of government on IPR legislation. Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering are another dimension of Dr. Shiva's campaigning internationally. She has helped movements in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Ireland, Switzerland and Austria with their campaigns against genetic engineering.

Vandana Shiva is one of the leaders of the International Forum on Globalization and a figure of the global solidarity movement known as anti-globalization movement.

A prolific author, Dr. Shiva has published hundreds of articles and papers in leading scientific and technical journals, as well as over a dozen books, including: Water Wars, Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge and Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply, The Violence of Green Revolution and Monocultures of the Mind.

Vandana Shiva was born on 5 November 1952 in Dehra Dun, Uttaranchal State, India. She received the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize) in 1993 "...For placing women and ecology at the heart of modern development discourse." . Other awards she has received include the Golden Plant Award (International Award of Ecology) of Denmark in 1997, the UNEP Global 500 Award in 1993, as well as the Earth Day International Award of the United Nations (UN) and the Order of the Golden Ark (Netherlands), both in the same year.


Vandana Shiva
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New Delhi-110016
'India '

Email: vshiva@vsnl.com
Website: http://www.vshiva.net