At the International Union for Conservation of Natures’ 6th World Conservation Congress held in Honolulu, Hawaii, from 1-10 September 2016, two Bhutanese officials were recognized by the global community for their exemplary contribution to nature conservation in Bhutan. The two awardees are Rebecca Pradhan, Senior Ecologist from Royal Society for Protection of Nature, and Sonam Wangchuk, Chief of Wildlife and CITES MA, Department of Forest and Park Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests.
Rebecca Pradhan was bestowed the “Hotspot Heroes” by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) for her life long self motivated expertise and dedication in the conservation of the critically endangered white bellied heron in Bhutan. The award was presented on 4th September evening at the 15th anniversary of CEPF at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA together with 15 other awardees from across the globe.
Sonam Wangchuk was conferred the Fred M. Packard International Parks Merit Award for his long years of outstanding service to wildlife conservation and protected areas management in Bhutan. The IUCNs World Commission of Protected Area presented the award on the evening on 3rd September at the Protected Area Pavilion among other eight awardees from across the globe and is the first Bhutanese to be a recipient of this award. In the words of Sonam Wangchuk at the award ceremony “although I am nominated and chosen among many to receive this most prestigious award, I am dedicating this award to my Beloved Kings, Government and the People of Bhutan under whose enlightened leadership and guidance I am truly honored to be of service”.
Reported by Chief of PPD/MoAF from Hawai’i, USA
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