Andrew Lees


ANDREW LEES (1949-1994)

Andrew Lees was a scientist, conservationist and one of the world’s top environmentalists who became Director of Campaigns at Friends of the Earth. He successfully led a number of high profile international campaigns and went to Madagascar in December 1994 to research a proposed Rio Tinto ilmenite mine that threatened to eradicate unique littoral forests in the south east of the island. 

Read the Andrew Lees Biography  

Andrew died whilst filming in the forest of Petriky and the Trust was set up in his name in 1995. 

See the film about Andrew’s mission to Madagascar in 1994

Andrew believed in speaking truth to power. He passionately defended the natural world, and he encouraged people to find and advance their own solutions to environmental, social or personal development. The main remit of the Andrew Lees Trust reflects that larger purpose and the example of Andrew’s inspirational work with local communities.


Learn about Andrew’s legacy in the work of the Trust: The Legacy

Learn more about: What we do



As part of its ethical and social responsibilities, and in honouring Andrew's mission to Madagascar, The Andrew Lees Trust (ALT UK) maintains a focus on the social and environmental challenges brought about by the Rio Tinto/QMM mining project in the Anosy region in the south of the island. Learn more about the Trust’s research and advocacy work: