Ms. Rebecca Pradhan


Ms. Rebecca Pradhan, works with the Royal Society for Protection of Nature. She has been instrumental in the conservation of Bhutan’s critically endangered white bellied heron, a cause to which she has devoted much of her time and effort. In addition, her extensive knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Himalayas has been documented in two books she authored: “Wild Rhododendrons of Bhutan” and “Threatened Birds in Bhutan”. Ms. Pradhan has been recognized internationally for her unstinted and lifelong contributions to environmental conservation, both at the policy making level and in the field. In 1997 the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) presented her with the Abraham Conservation Award and in 2008 she received the Khosho Memorial Award for Conservation.

Past Awards

The Jigme Singye Wangchuck Outstanding Environmental Stewardship Award (JSW-OESA) is conferred once every two years. It honours individuals, groups and institutions from all backgrounds for a lifetime of contribution towards ensuring the security and sustainability of Bhutan's pristine environment. It particularly merits people who have gone beyond the normal call-of-duty in their service towards environmental protection.