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Michael Atchia is a Mauritian academician.


ATCHIA, MICHAEL was born on November 14, 1938 in Mauritius.


University of Calcutta, 1960-1961, Bachelor of Science (Distinction). University of London, 1963, Bachelor of Science. Chelsea College of Science(s) & Technology, United Kingdom, 1962-1964, Postgraduate Certificate Bachelor of Surgery Microbiology.

University of Salford, United Kingdom, 1972, Master of Science, 1978, Doctor of Philosophy. Institute of Biol, United Kingdom, Michigan Bio. Spoken languages: English, French, Creole.


He is the former Chief and Programme Director with the United Nations Environment Programme. As International Consultant he has undertaken numerous consultancies in more than 50 countries and has worked with organizations such as UNESCO, World Health Organization, UNDP, ILO, GTZ/DSE of Germany and the British Council.


  • In 1990 he received the "Tree of Learning Award" of the IUCN for 20 years significant contribution to conservation education and in 1996 the "Environmental Leadership Award" from the East African Environment Network. In 2012 he received a Honorary Doctorate in Science (DSc) from the University of Salford, Salford, UK,in recognition for, quote "his outstanding contributions to science".


Quotations: "his outstanding contributions to science".


Member: International Union for Biological Sciences, Elected Representative of Africa, Commission for Education, 1976-1978, 1979-1981, 1990-1992. International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Education Commission Steering Committee, 1982-1993. Lions International.


He is a pioneering specialist in the field of Sustainable Development and has worked internationally in Educational Reform, International and Regional Environmental Project Management and Conflict Resolution, Environmental Education and Curriculum Development.


  • Other Interests

    Environmental training and management, science education, politics. The encounter of religions, voluntary social and civic action groups.


Spouse Paula.