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Fernanda Samuel is the most recent Angolan in the race for 'Young Champions of the Earth'

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) announced the list of regional finalists for the Young Earth Champions award. Fernanda Samuel entered the name of Angola in the final, a year after Adjany Costa gave the award to our country.


The global competition aims to identify, support and encourage young entrepreneurs aged between 18 and 30 and innovative ideas to protect or restore the environment, says a statement to which VerAngola had access.

The 35 young people were selected from more than 845 registered for their “visionary and concrete initiatives to face today's most challenging environmental crises”, such as protecting indigenous lands through adventure tourism in the Amazon, converting dangerous emissions into valuable goods in the USA, fishing for plastics in Greece and producing electricity from the water flow in Nigeria.

Angola is represented in the final by Fernanda Samuel, 28, one of the five selected competitors from the African continent. The engineer, linked to the field of oil research, is also dedicated to environmental protection.

She is a co-founder of AmbiReciclo, a startup that promotes the green economy in order to fight poverty through recycling. She is also the founder of the Otchiva Project, a mangrove protection project.

"My dream is to see the mangroves in Angola permanently protected, to restore the resilience of our coast and the well-being of all species that depend on the mangroves, including ourselves", says the Angolan competitor on her presentation page.

Of the 35 finalists from around the world, only seven winners and winners will be selected by a global jury. Each will receive $ 10,000 and personalized support to develop their environmental projects, as well as access to trained contacts and mentors.

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