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High school students win WWF writing contest in Vietnam

Posted on 18 May 2006

Three local high school students in Hanoi have won WWF’s Public Service Announcement (PSA) writing contest on combating illegal wildlife consumption in Vietnam.
Hanoi, Vietnam – Three local high school students here have won WWF’s Public Service Announcement (PSA) writing contest on combating illegal wildlife consumption in Vietnam.

The rampant trade of wildlife in Vietnam has pushed many animal and plant species dangerously close to extinction, threatening not only the country’s species and natural resources, but livelihoods as well.

All high school students in Hanoi were eligible to enter the competition, which asked students to write a proposal for a 30-second PSA revolving around WWF's anti-wildlife consumption slogan: Don't trade the natural world for human demands.

“This is the first time a contest such as this has been organized in Vietnam, and it’s a wonderful opportunity for the country's youth to voice their concerns over the massive decline in Vietnam's biodiversity due to unsustainable wildlife trade and consumption,” said Eric Coull, WWF’s Greater Mekong Representative.

“WWF is proud to give them a loud, clear voice to speak out on behalf of conserving the natural resources of their country.”

The three winning students are: Nguyen Thi Phuong Nhi (1st prize), Ha Trung Hieu (2nd prize) and Duong Dieu Linh (3rd prize). As part of their prize, all three have received a camcorder from Canon and will attend a week-long video production training course to produce their PSAs for Vietnam television. HSBC, one of WWF’s global partners, also helped fund the writing contest and the student’s video training

“We are thrilled to be able to support these students and offer prizes to them for their fine work in developing a programme to make the public more aware of the plight of wildlife in Vietnam,” said Lawrence Ang from Canon Singapore.

The writing contest is one component of a larger anti-illegal wildlife campaign — A Matter of Attitude: Reducing the Consumption of Wildlife Products in Hanoi, Vietnam — being organized by WWF and TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, with support from the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA).

For further information:
Hoang Thi Minh Hong, Communications Manager
WWF Greater Mekong Programme
Tel: +84 4736 6375 ext. 126
Email: hong.hoangminh@wwfgreatermekong.org
Tiger skins and other rare cats are openly displayed for sale in Cholon District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
© WWF / Adam Oswell
Winners of the WWF-TRAFFIC high school writing contest on illegal wildlife consumption in Vietnam.
© WWF Mekong