Vol. 450 Aug., 28 2013
Group discussion on environmental issues
Students from different countries meet to study together Aiming to live in harmony with nature
Inviting 80 university students from China, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam, Aeon hosts the Second Asian Students Environment Platform (ASEP)
Over a period of seven days starting from August 2, 2013, the Aeon Environmental Foundation hosted the Asian Students Environment Platform (ASEP) in South Korea. ASEP was hosted as a component of the Foundation’s contribution outlined in its memorandum of understanding with the UN Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), signed at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 10). Under the memorandum, the Foundation implements various initiatives to promote the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity and helps develop young people who will become future leaders in the area of environmental conservation.
The second event of the 10-year project was held under the theme of “people and the environment,” with the participation of a total of 80 Asian students from Tsinghua University in China, Waseda University in Japan, Korea University in South Korea and Vietnam National University in Hanoi.
The seven day program offered a range of activities intended to help the youths enhance their understanding of nature, history and culture, including trips to the Geomun Oreum lava tube system on Jeju Island, which is listed as a UNESCO Natural Heritage Site, and a tree-planting session organized in the enormous Saemangeum tidal flat area. On the final day, the students made group presentations on the significance of environmental management aimed at living in harmony with nature and exchanged opinions on the theme from a global outlook. A total of 80 students from four countries meet in South Korea