The “Second Awareness Raising Campaign on the Environmental and Health Hazards of Open Burning” is part of the Component 4 of Education and Awareness Raising of the project "Demonstration of Best Available Techniques (BAT) and Best Environmental Practices (BEP) in Open Burning Practices in Response to the Stockholm Convention on POPs". The Campaign organized in the Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province, in June 2017, in the framework of the Action Month of Environment in response to the World Environment Day 2017.
The campaign included a Workshop on "Raising Awareness about Environmental and Health Risks caused by Open Burning Activities" and a cycling event on awareness raising on health and environment risks caused by waste open burning.
Attending the workshop were 174 senior officials from the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Department of Health, Department of Industry and Trade in Southern provinces, relevant organizations such as Farmers' Association, Women's Union, Youth Unions, enterprises on waste collection and treatment and reporters in Ba Ria – Vung Tau.
The participants have been provided with knowledge about the risks connected with U-POPs, GHG emissions and other contaminants released through open burning; and discussed possible solutions to limit open burning practices as well as BAT/BEP implementation.
Within the World Environment Day 2017, a tree planting program was organized with the participation of 350 local people was also completed. The cycling event was joined by 58 pupils, students and young people from Youth Union in Ba Ria - Vung Tau province and Miss Sea Vietnam 2016. Cyclers cycled about 10km around Vung Tau City to raise the awareness of the environmental and health hazards of opening burning. Their double-bikes were decorated with the flags calling for "Stop Open Burning, Let's Segregate Waste".
Messages on reducing open burning activities and promoting waste segregation at source were widely covered by local media, including local and national television channels, printing and online media.
Figure 1. Group discussion at the awareness raising workshop
Figure 2. Double-bicycles with slogans of “Stop open burning”, "Let's segregate waste"
Figure 3. Starting cycling At the Traditional Square- No.1 Ba Cu, Vung Tau city
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