Five schools in Giao Thuy district in the northern province of Nam Dinh are raising the awareness of teachers and students about environmental protection, biodiversity preservation and climate change response, urging them to seek creative ideas for the cause.

The initiative forms part of a scheme called “Biosphere Reserves for Environmental and Economic Security” (BREES), which was under review at a meeting in Nam Dinh on December 6.

BREES is a key component of the third phase of the 2010-2017 programme on reducing and adapting to climate change in the Asia-Pacific.

The programme allows teachers and students to join with their local community to improve their resilience to risks and threats posed by climate change, natural disasters and biodiversity degradation.

Teachers will have a chance to improve their skills while students will gain a better understanding of disaster response via special curricula.

They will guide students how to roll out the initiatives that won the 2013 Biosphere Award – Red River Biosphere Reserves”.

UNESCO Chief Representative in Vietnam Katherine Muller-Marin said outcomes of the initiative will be shared with relevant partners and potential sponsors as a reference for further implementation in other localities.

Experiences gained from the project will also be shared via the Asian Green Network of Biosphere Reserves and World Natural Heritage Sites.

Launched in the Red River Delta Biosphere Reserve since January 2013, the first and second phase of the BREES scheme proved successful, particularly in the Ca Bat biosphere reserve area in the northern city of Hai Phong.-VNA