Channel NewsAsia: 5 youths head to Borneo’s jungle to study rainforest conservation

As part of the Youth Environmental Awards, HSBC Bank and the National Youth Achievement Award Council have given five young environmentalists an opportunity to study rainforest conservation in the Borneo jungle.

Channel NewsAsia reports.

5 youths head to Borneo’s jungle to study rainforest conservation

SINGAPORE: Five youths aged 17 to 20 will head to Borneo’s jungle from 8 to 17 July to study rainforest conservation.

The young environmentalists, winners of this year’s Youth Environmental Awards, will work with scientists to assess the rainforest’s biodiversity and evaluate the effects of soil erosion.

Nineteen-year-old Low Zhan Hong said he is looking forward to learn about Malaysia’s environmental protection measures.

“What I hope to learn is to push myself out of my comfort zone, so as to gain different perspective or angles, such that when I come back to Singapore, I’ll be able to apply what I’ve learned.

“I aim to work with government agencies such as the National Parks Board, the Public Utilities Board or even the National Environment Agency, to coordinate new projects or initiatives.”

Apart from the 10-day research expedition to Borneo, the winners also received a S$500 book voucher and plaque each.

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Dr Vivian Balakrishnan gave out the awards on Thursday to Elaine Sam Hui Xian, 20, Jarel Tang Jun Ren, 17, Low Zhan Hong, 19, Sarthak Agrawal, 20 and Eddie Leow Yuan Kang, 18.

The Youth Environmental Awards, which is into its 14th year, are given to youths who have distinguished themselves through leadership and commitment to the environmental cause.

It is a collaboration between HSBC Bank and the National Youth Achievement Award Council.


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