Faith Umagen Asoh of Nabesk Comprehensive College (NCC) Buea, and Kofi Elias Mokome of Bilingual Grammar School (BGS) Molyko have been shortlisted as 2015 winners of the ERuDeF Institute of Biodiversity and Non-Profit Studies (ERuDeF Institute) International Environmental Days Award (EIIED), respectively.

 By Ndimuh Bertrand Shancho

 This information was made know by the Acting Director of ERuDeF Institute, Akeh Nug, in a review meeting that took place recently at the ERuDeF Institute in Mile 18, Buea.

 Launched in July 2015 to build the capacity and knowledge of Cameroonian youths and students in biodiversity and environmental management as well as groom the next generation of Cameroonian environmental leaders, this maiden edition of the award targeted Cameroonian high school students as well as high school graduates who have not been admitted into any university or institution of higher learning.

 Competitors were quizzed on International Environmental Days and their importance to the sustainable development of Cameroon, and some critically endangered biodiversity species and their distribution in Cameroon.

 According to Akeh, only these two successful candidates participated in the contest scoring 41/50 and 40/50 respectively. A score, which she said was impressive and indicated their interest in becoming the next environmental leaders.

 According to a press release, which officially launched the 2015 EIIED award, these laureates will be awarded prizes (in cash and kind) to the tune of 50,000 francs CFA and 30,000francs CFA, respectively.

 The prizes will be handed over at an award ceremony that will be organized at the ERuDeF Institute campus on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 1pm prompt.

 The award ceremony will also see the launching the 2016 edition of the ERuDeF Institute International Environmental Days Award.