Winners of 4th Jigme Singye Wangchuck Environmental Stewardship Awards (Special Edition)

In commemoration of the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck, three environmental stewards were honoured on the 8th of October 2015 during the first Bhutan Bird Festival at Tingtibi, Zhemgang for their contribution to environment conservation in Bhutan. The awards were conferred as a special edition on this joyous occasion of Fourth Druk Gyalpo, jointly by Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment and Bhutan Ecological Society.

(Winners profile from right to left)

Mr. Tshering Penjor, Principal Research Officer at Renewable Natural Resources Developing Center at Mongar has helped fabricating and constructed low cost, effective electric fencing system. This has contributed reducing human-wildlife conflicts significantly over many parts of Bhutan. He has also pioneered a low cost drip irrigation system for farmers which can be turned on and off using mobile phone internet which improves farmer’s livelihood; ensuring the conservation of water.

Dr. D. B. Gurung, Dean of Academic Affairs at College of Natural Resources under the Royal University of Bhutan is an avid naturalist and author of the Orchids of Bhutan. His pioneering work documenting the fishes and aquatic diversity of Bhutan has led to a publication on the first checklist for fishes in Bhutan. He has been a mentor to innumerable number of students thereby helping raise the next generation of environmental stewards.

Mr. Sherub, popularly known as Bird Sherub is synonymous with birds. He is working as the Chief of Research and Education at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment. With an avid passion for birds, he has tirelessly worked to document and record the incredible diversity of birds in Bhutan. From recording their sounds to noting their behaviors, Sherub is the penultimate naturalist in Bhutan today. He is the reference and the guide when it comes to birds.