NGO to honor individuals for wildlife protection in Vietnam

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Education for Nature-Vietnam is set to institute the country's first awards to recognize outstanding contributions by individuals to wildlife protection.

The Vietnamese NGO said the National Wildlife Protection Award would be conferred on five officials who directly help protect wildlife.

They could be environmental police officers, forest rangers, customs officers, border guardsmen, officials at aquatic resources departments, or belong to any wildlife-related law enforcement agency.

Two awards will also be given to a journalist writing the best article on wildlife protection and a private individual who has helped  protect wildlife for at least five straight years, achieving outstanding results.

"This is about recognizing people who stand out as having a strong positive impact on protecting wildlife threatened by hunting and trade," Nguyen Thi Phuong Dung of ENV said. 

"ENV and our partners feel it is important that the excellent contribution by law enforcement, the media, and the public to protect wildlife is recognized."

The nomination process began on August 10 and will end on October 31; the awards will be given away at a ceremony in March 2013.

The awards will be instituted in partnership with the US embassy in Hanoi, the Freeland Foundation, People and Nature Reconciliation, Wildlife Conservation Society Vietnam, Traffic Indochina, IUCN Vietnam, and the Cuc Phuong Endangered Primate Rescue Center.

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