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About Us

Posted: 20 Oct 2009

peopleandplanet.net provides a global review and internet gateway into the issues of population, poverty, health, consumption and the environment. It is published by Planet 21, an independent non-profit company and a registered British charity recognised by the United Nations.

Launched in September 2000, this website replaced People & the Planet, the acclaimed quarterly international magazine. Planet 21 will continue to publish Special Reports on topical themes from time to time. Planet 21 also produces videos and assists in the publication of occasional books.

The work of peopleandplanet.net reflects the independence and authority of our five major sponsors and associated non-governmental organisations (see Our Partners).

Our institutional sponsors are the United Nations Population Fund, the World Conservation Union, the World Wide Fund for Nature International, the International Planned Parenthood Federation and the Swedish Development Co-operation Agency.

Funding support comes from WWF UK, individual donors and carefully monitored advertising. We are especially indebted to the late Dr F.S.Gorbani for her generous support for our advocacy work including women's rights and family planning.

None of the sponsors or supporters takes responsibility for material on this website. All are united, however, in the belief that people, their consumption, their technologies and their numbers, interact with the environment of our planet in ways which need to be explored - and that a path needs to be traced towards a sustainable future for healthy people living in a healthy world.

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This website is being developed under the overall editorial direction of John Rowley, an award-winning writer and editor with wide international experience. He founded Planet 21 as a UN-recognised NGO in 1992 and has since been Editor-in-Chief of publications, films and Internet operations for the organisation. These activities included the quarterly People & the Planet magazine, launched at the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992.

Associate Editor is Jeremy Hamand, a freelance author and journalist. A former head of publications with the International Planned Parenthood Federation he has a special interest in international family planning, health and women's development issues. He has also worked for specialist publications dealing with the environment and with AIDS, and as a speechwriter in these fields.

Contributing Editors are:

Dr Norman Myers, the award-winning environmental scientist and author of 17 books on environmental issues, including forests and biodiversity. A Visiting Fellow of Green College, Oxford, he pioneered the concept of biodiversity hotspots and has produced ground-breaking studies on environmental security and perverse subsidies.

Don Hinrichsen senior development manager of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, based in London, he also acts as a consultant to the United Nations. He is author of Coastal Waters of the World and co-author of the Atlas of the Environment. He has travelled widely to report on population and environment programmes and projects.

Henrylito Tacio is an award-winning journalist based in the Philippines. He acts as contributong editor in south East Asia.

Editorial Board

Our International Advisory Board is made up as follows:

  • Dr George Benneh, Vice Chancellor, University of Ghana
  • Dr Malin Falkenmark, Professor Emeritus of International Hydrology, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Ivan Hattingh, President Emeritus of the Television Trust for the Environment (TVE) and former Director of Development, WWF UK
  • Robert Lamb, former Executive Director, TVE
  • Mari Simonen, Director of Technical and Policy Division, UNFPA
  • Dr Pietronella van den Oever, Economic Development Institute, The World Bank
  • Syed Ayub Qutub, Director of the Pakistan Institute for Environment-Development Action Research, Islamabad
  • Beth Robinson, Family Health International, USA.
  • Dr Fred Sai, former President of IPPF, Ghana
  • Elaine Shaughnessy, Director of Publications, IUCN
  • Dr M.S. Swaminathan, Honorary Director, Centre for Research on Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development, Madras, India
  • Dr Patricia Waak, former Director Population Program, Audubon, Boulder, Colorado

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