I graduated in 1977 from the József Attila University, Szeged, with Master’s degree in biology. From 1981, I write articles and deliver lectures about environmental issues of water management and water constructions. I am founder of the Danube Circle, the first independent environmental protest group in the former communist block, recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, the alternative Nobel-prize in 1985. In 1990, I was awarded with the Goldman Environmental Prize. I am the editor of a book, published in 1997, about the decision of the International Court of Justice in the Gabčíkovo-Nagymaros hydropower project’s case, and author of its chapter about hydropolitics. From 1998, I was the chief environmental advisor of the Hungarian government. In 2000, I resigned from this position. Recently, I follow the changes in the relationships of humankind and rivers, especially the development of river sciences.
Right Livelihood Award, 1985
Goldman Environmental Prize, 1990
Haraszti, M., 1990. The Beginnings of Civil Society: The Independent Peace Movement and the Danube Movement in Hungary. In V. Tismaneanu, ed. In Search of Civil Society. Routledge New York, pp. 71–88.
Pearce, F., 1991. Green Warriors: The People and the Politics Behind the Environmental Revolution, London: The Bodley Head.
Galambos, J., 1993. An international environmental conflict on the Danube: the Gabcikovo–Nagymaros dams. In A. Vari & P. Tamas, eds. Environment and democratic transition. Technology, Risk, and Society: An International Series in Risk Analysis. Springer, pp. 176–226.
Richter, M. & Thunecke, I., 2005. János Vargha : Ohne Notausgang — gefangen in der Technosphere. In M. Richter & I. Thunecke, eds. Metamorphosen der Utopie: Rückblicke und Ausblicke nach Europa. Mössingen–Talheim: Talheimer Verlag, pp. 300–316.
Marmorat, M., 2006. Controverse socio-technique autour des barrages danubiens Gabčíkovo-Nagymaros, 1977-2004 ( Hongrie / Slovaquie ). Etude microsociologique des relations internationales (PhD thesis). Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. Available here.