The Volvo Adventure is an environmental award programme organized annually by Volvo and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It seeks to promote environmental innovation and aspirations among young people aged 13 to 16 from around the world. The programme was launched in 2001.
The 2008 event brought together 132 young environmentalists from 15 countries to showcase environmental projects and share their ideas. The event took place in Sweden at Hotel Gothia Towers, Gothenburg from 9 to 14 May. The Volvo Adventure Programme for 2008 attracted 379 environmental projects. Out of these 15 projects were short-listed to participate in the Volvo Adventure final.
The 15 projects were presented to a jury that comprised representatives from Volvo, UNEP, WWF, the World Scout Organisation and renowned environmentalists. Three top projects were selected with the first prize of US $10,000 going to the first place winners, while the second and third prize projects received $6,000 and $4,000, respectively.
This year's projects included alternative energy strategies, turtle conservation, buffalo breeding, lead-free fishing, recycling and sustainable transport projects. The projects largely respond to the global concern about climate change.