As a recent graduate of Quang Nam Forestry College in central Vietnam, Ating Ai, 22, speaks with passion about protecting woodlands and the natural environment.
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Ai's enthusiasm is not just a reflection of his academic studies. It arises from painful firsthand experiences of slash-and-burn farming techniques that kept his family desperately poor.
As a child, Ai camped out with his family on their plots of land in the hills around their home in the Quang Nam province of Vietnam.