[wildtrade] Media Release: WWF gets wildlife trade to hit the road
juliannebecker at yahoo.com
Tue Nov 10 09:23:58 GMT 2009
Vietnamese version attached
WWF gets wildlife trade to hit the road
Vietnam—For the next seven days, the city of Hanoi will be inundated with
information about illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade through both a
travelling road-show and events at universities throughout the city. The week’s
exciting activities are all a part of the WWF and TRAFFIC run ‘A Matter of
Attitude, changing attitudes about the consumption of wild animal products in
Hanoi, Vietnam’ campaign, funded by Danida.
tee-shirted volunteers will be unmistakable as they travel around Hanoi during
the day. They will stop in popular spots around the city to spread the word
about illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade, and leave a few lucky folks
with fun promotional items like pens and notebooks, so the messages stick with
those who hear them. Keep your eyes out for the road-show volunteers from 10-16
By night, an
exhibition will travel to five universities in Hanoi. At each university there
will be live musical performances by local rock bands, quiz shows about
wildlife trade, and a showcase of artwork from a previous print design
competition. Of course there will be special prizes for those who show their
knowledge at each event.
‘This is a great
opportunity for the youth of Hanoi and the general public, to get excited about
protecting Vietnam’s natural heritage,’ says Julianne Becker, Project
Coordinator WWF Vietnam. ‘We hope that through this entertaining, and very
educational, experience, the messages will stay with the audience long after
the day,’ she continues.
Make your way
down to see Miss Audition Emily, Recycle Rock Band and the dance groups Big Toe
and Burning Crew at Hanoi National University of Education Thursday 12
November, Hacinco Student Village Friday 13 November, Hanoi Culture University Saturday
14 November, and Hanoi Foreign Trade University Sunday 15 November. The final university event promises to
be an extra special treat and will be held at Hanoi University of Civil
Engineering Monday 16 November.
are free and open to the public. The artwork will be on display at each
university from 8 AM the day of, and the evening events are set to kick off
from 8-10:30 PM.
Wildlife trade is a serious topic, but learning how to
protect wildlife is easy, and will hopefully even be fun. The general public,
and the next generation, hold the key to saving Vietnam’s remaining wild plants
information, please contact:
Julianne Becker, Project
WWF Greater Mekong
39 Xuan Dieu, IPO 151, Tay Ho Dist., Hanoi, Vietnam
Tel: +84 4 37193111 (Ext. 129)
Fax: +84 4 37193102
Email: julianne.becker at wwfgreatermekong.org
Matter of Attitude” Restaurant campaign is part of the Phase II “A matter of
attitude – Reducing consumption of wildlife products in Hanoi, Vietnam”
project, a joint effort between WWF Greater Mekong and TRAFFIC, funded by the
Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA). The campaign was made
possible through the wide support of young volunteers, who went to each
restaurant to persuade them to participate.
To find more information about the project, please visit: http://panda.org/greatermekong/wlt
find more information about WWF’s conservation work in Vietnam, and the entire
Greater Mekong, please visit: http://panda.org/greatermekong/
WWF, the global
conservation organization, is one of the world's largest and most respected
independent conservation organizations. WWF has a global network active in over
100 countries with almost 5 million supporters.
WWF's mission is
to stop the degradation of the earth's natural environment and to build a
future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's
biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources
is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful
WWF is working
with governments and industry of the six Greater Mekong nations to conserve and
sustainably manage 600,000 km2 of transboundary forest and freshwater habitats
in this unique and rapidly changing land.
WWF supports the formulation of Asia’s first regional climate change
adaptation agreement to provide a legal framework and mechanism for regional
cooperation and coordination on climate change.
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