May 17, 2007

Fredericton team to travel to Sweden for Volvo Adventure program

Toronto, Ontario – For the second time, a group of students from New Brunswick has been chosen to represent Canada at the Volvo Adventure International Final in Goteborg, Sweden later this month. The Children’s International Summer Villages (CISV)-Eco Group will present their biodiversity project, “Saving a species at risk”, that won them the finalist spot. The team, which also competed in the program in 2005, will compete with groups from 14 other countries in the global finals.

Volvo Adventure is an environmental program for adolescents, created by Volvo Car Corporation in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme. The program encourages involvement of 13- to 16-year-olds in their local environments, and recognizes those who plan and execute their environmental protection efforts well. The projects are submitted online, and one team from each participating country is awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to Sweden to present their project to a panel of judges.

The CISV-Eco Group recognized the Bur Oak was at risk of extinction; in association with forestry scientists at the University of New Brunswick and the Canadian Forest Service, the group proposed and initiated efforts to create awareness and get other groups involved, and came up with methods to help restore the tree’s numbers.

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