Mr. Nguyen Tuan Luong, Head of Solutions Mapping, UNDP Accelerator Lab in Viet Nam, shared: “In 2020, the world in general and Viet Nam in particular have suffered many natural disasters, especially the most recent is the historic flood in the Central region. This urges us to act even more. Da Nang city is the economic and cultural center of the central region and in this project program the city will be in the center of spreading the wave of environmental protection in the region. The DCEH will be a platform for dedicated people, connecting projects and creating innovative solutions for the environment to cope with the current situations. In the more distant future, DCEH promises to become a powerful network thanks to the enthusiastic individuals who commit to join hands for the sustainable development of Da Nang city, thereby spreading inspiration in the central region."
After the Launching Event, Da Nang Circular Economy immediately 'activated' the “Green Avengers” Program with the Bootcamp to select environmental “messengers” to join Green Avenger. Through this camp, members from the environmental organizations who cherish ideas and projects to create a social impact can connect and share social responsibilities together. There are also training sessions to provide expertise advices, leadership capabilities, cooperation promotion, and funding for the Green Avengers to create realize ideas together.
The time for calling and selection is divided into 4 phases:
- Phase 1 - RECRUITMENT, is from October 21 to November 6, 2020, in which the applications are received for reviewing the selection of the participants. Participants are members who have been doing environmental projects or are cherishing the desire to participate in environmental projects. The selections prioritize those who have practice and had experience mainly in the Central region. In addition, the attendees that are committed are to participate fully 5 days of Boot Camp and plan to pursue the project for 6 months (phases 3 & 4).
- Phase 2 - BOOTCAMP, from 11/11 to 15/11/2020: The 30 selected members in the selection process will participate in 5 days of Boot Camp with activities such as: Deep understanding of their knowledge about cyclic economics, waste management, system thinking; practical experience; proposing and developing ideas.
- Phase 3 - TESTING, from November 15 - December 15, 20: Project teams formed in Boot Camp will have 1 month to check and re-evaluate plans or test new ideas, get feedback and learn from practice to perfect the project's description. You decide for yourself to plan and how to experiment with the guidance of UNDP Accelerator Lab. At the end of this phase, project teams will send proposals to the Advisory Committee and only projects assessed as feasible will continue to Phase 4.
- Phase 4 - PAYMENT: Projects selected through Phase 3 will have a project implementation period until mid-2021 to spread the impact to the community. During this phase, in addition to receiving preliminary funding, the participants will also receive mentoring, network support and other training activities. This vision will be the foundation in forming a community network for innovative projects for environmental sustainability in the central provinces.