In an effort to raise the awareness of the pollution and the preservation of the natural site of Ha Long Bay, the Solidarités Jeunesses Vietnam (SJV) in cooperation with the Ha Long Bay management Department will run a workcamp in Ha Long Bay.
Local youth and tourists will constitute the main target group of the non-formal education actions that will be organised by the international and local young volunteers, with also a focus on University students from the capital as potential actors of change. Choosing activities that give visibility to the youth efforts to preserve World Heritage the camp also aims at sensitising the local government on the important role that young people can play for the promotion and protection of Ha Long Bay. The involvement of local environmental organisations aims at multiplying the positive impact of the first World heritage camp held in 2008 and guarantees an important role to the local community to develop and implement long-term strategies in heritage conservation.
Volunteers will run a series of demonstrative actions, from planting 100 trees in Ha Long to a bicycle ride to promote environmentally friendly transportation among tourists and locals, and to garbage collection along Ha Long beaches. Two World Heritage exhibitions will take place in Ha Long high schools during the camp and will also be relayed by similar activities in the main Universities of Hanoi, thus creating bridges between the country’s capital and its natural heritage. A video workshop to film the different actions will also complement and give visibility to the activities carried by the volunteers.