The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), the Voice of Viet Nam (VOV) and IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources launched a national competition on the topic of “Climate Change and Environment-Friendly Behaviours” on March 4, 2008.
The event was attended by the Minister of MONRE, Mr. Pham Khoi Nguyen, Viet Nam Environment Protection Agency Director General, Mr.Tran Hong Ha, VOV Director General, Mr. Vu Van Hien, IUCN Viet Nam Country Representative, Mr. Vu Van Trieu, and a wide range of delegates from the private, education, development, and media sectors.
This competition is known as the annual “Environment and Development” competition initiated by MONRE and VOV, to provide a bridge between government agencies working on environmental issues and the public. The competition also aims to encourage public participation in environmental protection, and encourage the private sector to undertake initiatives to safeguard environmental resources.
IUCN’s main role is to act as an advisor to provide technical assistance to the competition by reviewing entries. The Union also provides financial support for the contest.
The competition will be receiving entries from March 5 to December 31, 2008 with a winner selected at the end of each month. The final round of judging will take place in January 2009 and will select winners for a series of prizes including a special recognition award for the private sector valued at VND 50,000,000 and a special recognition award for individual submissions valued at VND 10,000,000.
Innovative ideas of how to adapt to climate change and mitigate its impacts will be disseminated via audio and television broadcast channels of VOV as well as the print VOV Newspaper and Online VOVNews.
The organizers hope that this competition will significantly increase public awareness and understanding of climate change and its related issues. This understanding is essential to Viet Nam’s success in coping with climate change. With a coastline of 3,260km and two of the largest low-lying deltas in the world, Viet Nam is especially vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change.
To know more about the competition, please go to www.vovnews.org.vn or contact IUCN Communications Coordinator at [email protected]