By: Sarah Ellingson

Posted: November 3, 2023
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Bhutan Honored with the Murie Spirit of Conservation Award


In a remarkable moment of global recognition, the Kingdom of Bhutan was honored with the prestigious Murie Spirit of Conservation Award. Named in memory of the influential figures in American conservation, Olaus and Margaret “Mardy” Murie, and Adolph and Louis Murie, this annual award celebrates individuals and nations that exhibit an exceptional commitment to preserving wildlife and safeguarding natural landscapes. The four Muries are renowned for their pivotal roles in historic U.S. wildlife conservation efforts.

Her Majesty Queen Mother Tseyring Pem Wangchuck delivers her remarks at the awards ceremony

This year, the award was presented to Her Majesty Queen Mother Tseyring Pem Wangchuck on behalf of the Kingdom of Bhutan. In addition to this remarkable accolade, Her Majesty was also bestowed with the Champion of Rising Leaders Award, a testament to her outstanding efforts in inspiring and nurturing the next generation of environmental leaders.

The highlight of the evening was Her Majesty’s insightful remarks at the award ceremony.

After the award presentation, Dr. Nawang Norbu, the Center Director of the SFS Bhutan Center for Climate and Sustainable Futures, participated in a compelling panel discussion, sharing the stage with fellow Bhutanese environmental leaders. The panel was expertly moderated by M. Margaret McKeown, a Senior United States Circuit Judge from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Dr. Norbu’s participation was a testament to his expertise and commitment to Bhutan’s agri-food and energy sector, climate justice, and his passionate belief in the importance of every citizen becoming a conservationist to ensure a sustainable future.

The recognition and honor bestowed upon Bhutan and its leaders in the realm of conservation serve as a source of inspiration for all of us. It is a reminder that collective efforts to protect our environment and inspire the next generation of environmental stewards can lead to a brighter, more sustainable future.

Dr. Nawang Norbu (in the middle) engages in a discussion panel with fellow Bhutanese environmental leaders and justice McKeown


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