Gawad Bayani ng Kalikasan (GBK) is a biennial awards ceremony that spotlights the inspirational work of individuals and organizations on environmental protection, rehabilitation, conservation and protection. It highlights the advocacies of common people with the message that anyone can be an environmental hero, protecting our country’s natural resources from destruction and plunder for this generation and the next. 

1. To promote awareness of critical environmental issues and the situation of communities directly relying on natural resources.

2. To recognize the valiant struggles of the people to defend the environment, lives, and rights and to serve as an example and lesson to the people who continue to confront similar challenges.

3. To recognize the exemplary deeds and initiatives of simple individuals and organizations who have contributed to the upholding the environment and people’s welfare at the national and/or local levels

4. To strengthen the link between the struggle for social, economic, and political rights and the sustainable preservation and conservation of the environment.


  • Seven recipients of the Gawad Bayani ng Kalikasan will be chosen by the Board of Judges: composed of three (3) individuals (Gawad sa Indibidwal), three (3) organizations (Gawad sa Organisasyon) and a recipient of the Natatanging Gawad (Most Distinguished Award).
  • From a shortlist of ten awardees, the Board of Judges will choose one (1) recipient of the Natatanging Gawad (Most Distinguished Award), in recognition of his/her/their being an inspiration and example to the Filipino people for offering time and talents for the defense of the environment and advancement of the people’s welfare.
  • Gawad sa Indibidwal (Individual Award) – Awarded to individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary ability and effort to uphold the environment and people’s welfare, whether in the form of advocacy, campaigns, education, research, technology development, community services, mass media, or cultural work.
  • Gawad sa Organisasyon (Award for Organizations) – Awarded to people and community organizations and institutions that have demonstrated unity in upholding the welfare of the people and of the environment by exemplary actions and advocacy, campaigns, education, research, technology development, community services, mass media, or cultural work.

The deadline for nominations is on July 1, 2024.

For nomination and procedures click here

For more information, read the 8th GBK Concept Note here: 

Together, let’s celebrate the noble work and heroism of our Environmental Defenders! 

This event is sponsored by: 

IBON Foundation 

Center for Environmental Concerns – Philippines Inc.