The Fourth King of Bhutan, pictured here and referred to in this story as the “Druk Gyalpo” (which means Dragon King) has been honored for his contribution to the protection of the environment.
This story in Kuensel says his daughter received the award in Kyoto on his behalf of her father’s efforts.
Excerpt: “The Fourth Druk Gyalpo was among the earliest world leaders to become conscious of the mounting pressures of development on the bountiful, yet fragile ecosystem,” Her Royal Highness said in her address to the gathering.
“As a result, Bhutan is more green today than it was at the beginning of Bhutan’s developmental process some 50 years ago and highlighted that Bhutan has a forest cover of 72 percent, with almost 50 percent of the country declared as protected areas that host an array of flora and fauna, including some of the rarest and threatened species in the world,” Ashi Kezang Choden Wangchuck said. “Such achievements emboldened Bhutan to pledge before the world at the COP 15 that it will forever remain carbon neutral.”
In the acceptance speech that was read out by Her Royal Highness, the Fourth Druk Gyalpo said that he looked upon the award as a recognition accorded to his people and country for their efforts to live and progress in harmony with the natural habitat, and that he dedicated it to the people of Bhutan and all those, who have been steadfast in their support and commitment to preserve the natural environment in Bhutan and the world.