The $125,000 Goldman Environmental Prize, now in its 17th year, is awarded annually to six grassroots environmental heroes and is the largest award of its kind in the world. The winners will be awarded the prize at an invitation-only ceremony Monday, April 24, 2006 at 5 p.m. at the San Francisco Opera House.

The winner from Asia is Yu Xiaogang from China. Yu spent years creating groundbreaking watershed management programs while researching and documenting the socioeconomic impact of dams on Chinese communities. His reports are considered a primary reason that the central government paid additional restitution to villagers displaced by existing dams and now considers social impact assessments for major dam developments.

He will speak on his work to promote more sustainable watershed management in southwest China at 2:00-3:30 in the 6th Floor Flom Auditorium at the Woodrow Wilson Center. Please RSVP to

Detailed biographical information and photographs of all winners are available at Goldman Prize. Also available are broadcast-quality video and audio of the winners in their home countries. Additional information about the Prize and previous winners is available here.