As part of Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy, the EPA held the Taiwan-Vietnam Environmental Youth Excellence Workshop in Hanoi. Twelve youth representatives for environmental education, selected from educational institutions and social organizations across Taiwan, gathered in Hanoi, Vietnam on 18-23 August 2019. The six-day event allowed these youth an opportunity to share thoughts about environmental issues and response methods with representatives from Vietnamese educational institutions. These higher-education institutions included Vietnam National University of Social Sciences and Humanities (VNU-USSH), VNU University of Natural Sciences, and Hanoi University of Natural Resources and Environment.
During the opening of the event, the Vice Rector of VNU-USSH noted that the emphasis of conversations surrounding environmental issues in the past was on preventing and handling pollution, yet gradually it is becoming clear that such a focus is insufficient. She stated that environmental education represents a better solution to environmental problems. The Deputy Director of the Vietnam Communications Center of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Vu Minh Ly, also expressed that environmental education is the key for equipping future generations to solve complex environmental issues. Also in attendance was Richard R.C. Shih, representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Vietnam. He spoke about the cooperation between Taiwan and Vietnam he has experienced as a representative in Vietnam, and said that Taiwan’s experiences can provide real assistance to Vietnam whether in industrial development or environmental education.
Excerpt from Environmental Policy Monthly, 22 (9)
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)