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Yuyun Ismawati Honored with Goldman Prize

Bali-based Environmentalist Honored for Grass Root Efforts to Save the World.

(4/25/2009) Yuyun Ismawati, a 44-year-old single mother in Bali has just been awarded a Goldman Environmental Prize for her work in establishing Bali Fokus - a community-based environmental group.

Established in 2000, Bali Fokus works with local residents to recycle waste and capture recyclable items before their disposal at local dumps. A total of 40 people now work with Bali Fokus separating trash and composting organic matter collected from over 500 households. Recycled items are turned into handicrafts that are sold and produce income while compost is bagged and sold to gardeners.

Ismawati is also credited with helping to establish SANIMAS - a community sanitation efforts that is now in operation across Indonesia in 75 cities.

She is also a founder of Indonesia's Toxic-Free Network - an association of non-governmental organizations working together to combat incineration of wastes, pesticides and the introduction of heavy metals into the eco-system.

.An indefatigable environmentalist, Ismawati has helped draft legislation on waste management and climate change.

Goldman Environmental Prize

The prestigious Goldman Environmental Award is given to community-based environmental champions working at the grass root level.

Now in it's 20th year, recipients are given a cash award of US$150,000 divided among winners within one of six geographical regions.

Winner were honored at ceremonies held at the San Francisco Opera House and the Smithsonian National History Museum in Washington, D.C..