Hoang Thi Minh Hong, the first Vietnamese woman to set foot on Antarctica in 1997, has been invited to explore the continent once more in November, it was recently announced. Accompanying her will be one or two other Vietnamese female explorers.
Hoang Thi Minh Hong, the first Vietnamese woman to set foot on Antarctica in 1997 (Photo: SGGP)
The exploration, named ‘2041's International Antarctic Treaty Expedition,’ is being held to mark the 50th anniversary of the International Treaty on the Antarctic.
‘2041,’ the organization behind the exploration, was founded by explorer Robert
Swan, a pioneer in the environmental protection movement.
The name “2041” refers to the date when the international Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty could potentially be modified or amended.
Ms. Hong said she is assisting 2041 in seeking one or two more qualified Vietnamese explorers to be included on the exploration team.
To this end, a contest will soon be organized in Vietnam, she said.
Of the exploration cost, 50 percent (about US$15,000) will be paid by 2041 for each selected candidate, she added.