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Nominations for ASEAN Youth Eco-Champions Award now open; to recognise youths’ efforts in environmental conservation

The award considers efforts in areas such as climate change, public cleanliness and water conservation.

Seif Umar

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Published: 23 June 2023, 4:20 PM

Nominations for the ASEAN Youth Eco-Champions Award (AYECA) are now open until Jun 30. Citizens from ASEAN states can nominate eligible peers or themselves for the award.

First introduced in 2019, AYECA acknowledges youths who have made outstanding contributions to protecting the ASEAN environment. 

The first AYECA award ceremony was organised by the Ministry of the Environment of Cambodia on Oct 7, 2019, in line with the third ASEAN Eco-Schools Award and the 15th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment (AMME).

The award will see two winners from each ASEAN country under two categories – the junior category (ages 18 to 25) and the senior category (ages 26 to 35).

To be eligible for the AYECA award, youths must be active in environmental conservation in ASEAN for a minimum duration of two years within the past five years, which includes waste management and reduction, climate change and energy efficiency, public cleanliness, water conservation and biodiversity conservation. 

Aside from their involvement in green initiatives, eligible nominees must also be a citizen from any of the respective ASEAN nations and are not recipients of any other ASEAN youth environmental awards, which includes the ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes Award.

Those interested to apply for the AYECA awards should take note of the required documents needed before submitting their nominations, which include the nomination forms for either the junior or senior categories, a resume of the nominee and a minimum of two testimonials written by another individual on the nominee’s contributions and achievements to the environment. 

Other documents to be submitted include six high resolution photographs – one profile photo and five photos of the nominee in action during their participation in environmental conservation. 

Nominees may also submit supporting documents if available. This includes a list of publications featuring the nominee, a list of awards of the nominee’s recognitions or relevant media coverage.

Nominations for the respective categories must be submitted by Jun 30 via this link and can be made by the youths’ respective peers or through self nominations. 

Winners of the AYECA award will be notified by ASEAN via email in July and will receive the award from ASEAN environment ministers at an award ceremony in Laos the following month.

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