World Wildlife Fund

In 2009, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) International felicitated Dawa with “Leaders for a Living Planet” Award, the highest honors given to an individual by WWF, for his dynamic leadership and personal drive in helping people throughout the world to realize the perils faced by the people of the Himalayas as a result of climate change. Dawa Steven Sherpa is also a WWF Climate Ambassador.

International Olympic Committee

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) presented him the “International Olympic Committee Award for Sports and Environment”. The prize acknowledges dedication and commitment of individuals for their efforts to introduce good environmental practices into a sport. The award recognizes outstanding projects in the field of sustainable sport and the environment.

International Union for Conservation of Nature

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) and the International Rangers Federation (IRF) selected Dawa Steven Sherpa as one of the Top Five Young Conservationists in the world for 2008.

International Union for Conservation of Nature

The International Mountaineering & Climbing Federation (UIAA) presented Dawa with the “Award for Contributions to UIAA” for efforts to promote conservation ethics in the mountains and draw international attention to climate change and its effects in the Khumbu and other mountain communities.

The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation

Dawa Steven has also been awarded the prestigious “Special Achievement Award” from the Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation of Canada for his double summit of Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m) and for his environmental initiatives in the spring of 2008.

World Wildlife Fund

Dawa was also bestowed with the first ever “WWF International President’s Award” in 2012. The award recognizes the achievements of exceptional young people in the field of conservation who use innovative approaches to improve the lives of local communities.


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