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The Most Excellent Order of the Golden Ark
was established by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands in 1971 as an order of merit. Although not awarded by, it is recognized by the government of the Netherlands
The Netherlands is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, located mainly in North-West Europe and with several islands in the Caribbean. Mainland Netherlands borders the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south, and Germany to the east, and shares maritime borders...
as a legal order. It is awarded to people for major contributions to nature conservation. Since its inception, over 300 people have been recognised by the award.
Now that Prince Bernhard has died, the future of the order is uncertain.