Contest spurs novel climate change adaptation ideas

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Several new ways of doing things, including planting crops, constructing buildings and even cooking will compete in the final of Vietnam Innovation Day Contest this year, which focuses on climate change.

A total of 61 proposals for slowing down climate change were named in a Monday statement by co-organizers the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and the World Bank.

The contest aims to collect ideas that will help deal with urgent and long-lasting risks that Vietnam will face because of climate change.

At the final on Vietnam Innovation Day, May 5, the contestants will present their ideas to judges at Horison Hotel in Hanoi.

Around 30 prizes worth around VND270 million (US$14,166) each will be handed out.

The candidates include engineers from the Forest Science Institute of Vietnam, Institute of Agricultural Science, doctors, college researchers, experts from Hanoi radio and television stations, officials of the Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam Soil Science Association and Vietnam Institute of Science and Technology.

Kien Hung Junior High in Hanoi and Hau Loc 3 High School in the nearby Thanh Hoa Province also have their proposals in the final list.

There're also proposals to raise people's awareness over climate change issues, in both legal and spiritual ways.

Experts from agencies concerning with climate change issues, press agencies, nature conservation societies, and NGOs had selected the final contestants from 262 first proposals.

The contest sponsors this year include Agence Française de Développement (AFD French Development Agency), Danish and Finnish embassies, UK Department for International Development (DFID), and United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Vietnam Innovation Day is observed every year to encourage creative ideas in different areas. The 2009 contest focused on corruption, 2008 on food safety and 2007 on traffic safety.

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