The Jigme Singye Wangchuck Outstanding Environmental Stewardship Award (JSW-OESA) is conferred once every two years. The conferment of the award was approved by the Royal Government vide order C-3/1090 dated 10th March 2010. The Award is jointly hosted and conferred by the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (on behalf of the Royal Government) and the Bhutan Ecological Society (Her Royal Highness Ashi Chimmi Yangzom Wangchuck is the patron of the Society).
It honours individuals 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.
The Award comprises of a citation signed by Her Royal Highness Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck, patron of the Bhutan Ecological Society and His Excellency, the Honourable Prime Minister of Bhutan.
The first award was conferred in 2010 to Dasho Paljor J Dorji for leadership in environmental policy and to Mr. Sonam Phuntsho working in the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests for field leadership. The second award was conferred on Ms. Rebecca Pradhan, working at the Royal Society for Protection of Nature and Mr. Raling Ngawang Drukdra working in the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests. A cash prize of Nu. 100,000 was awarded to each winner.
The next award will be conferred on 1st June 2014 during the opening ceremony of the International Ethnobiology Congress at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment at Lamai Gompa, Bumtang. Bhutan Foundation has agreed to sponsor the prize money which has been increased to Nu. 300,000. Calls for nominations will be made at www.jsw-oesa.gov.bt and a committee comprising of Government officials and representatives from civil society will declare the winner.
The Award is conferred as homage to His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo's selfless service and farsighted leadership.