Youths' outstanding initiatives for climate honoured hinh anh 1Patrick Haverman, Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP in Vietnam, speaks at the final round and award ceremony of the contest in Hanoi on September 28 (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The final round and award ceremony of the “Youth for Climate Innovation” contest was held on September 28, honouring remarkable initiatives for the climate created by young Vietnamese people.

From May 28 to August 7, the contest received more than 400 entries from young people in 54 out of the 63 provinces and centrally-run cities nationwide. They focus on creative communications, climate mitigation, climate adaptation prioritising nature-based solutions, and climate-responsible business strategies.

Winners of the competition were chosen basing on their ideas’ innovation, practicability, sustainability, and applicability.

The first prize went to contestant Nguyen Van Hien from Nam Po district of the northwestern province of Dien Bien who proposed a solution to grow mulberry and build biological barriers to prevent erosion and boost socio-economic development in border areas.

The second prize was presented to a team from the Hanoi-based Huynh Thuc Khang High School with the idea of building a small museum of stationery made from waste, and Le Thi Hao, a teacher from the Quang Phu Secondary School in Quang Trach district of central Quang Binh province with an initiative to collect straw to reduce haze and be used as a material for improving concrete ground in salt production in coastal areas.

The third and consolation prizes were also handed over to many other useful ideas.

Patrick Haverman, Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP in Vietnam, expressed his delight that there have been more and more practical and innovative ideas created by the youth basing on their knowledge and experience to solve local environmental and climate issues.

He noted that UNDP calls on all young people to become ambassadors conveying the message of jointly acting for a greener, cleaner, and more sustainable Vietnam in the future.

Meanwhile, Ngo Van Cuong, Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee, said the contest showed that young Vietnamese people are completely able to make more contributions to help respond to the global climate crisis and guarantee a future of sustainable development for the country./.