Are you a land restoration champion?

Credit; Flickr ECOSOC Youth Forum | by Global Landscapes Forum

Africa’s greatest untapped resource might just be its young people. Most of the population is under 25. Projections show that Africa will be home to one billion young people by 2050. Africa’s youth have immense potential to forge development on the continent.

Are you committed to creating change in your local community and landscape? Now could be your chance to make a difference. Young people around the world are called on to champion restoration and community-based solutions, to become part of the change.

UN Environment, the Global Landscape Forum and Youth in Landscapes Initiative is bringing together young leaders from across the continent in Nairobi from 27-30 August to get ‘Restoration Ready.’

This intensive leadership and project accelerator programme will build a community of 100 restoration leaders to reclaim ownership and succeed in restoring Africa’s degraded landscapes. This includes in-depth knowledge sharing with leading scientists and exciting workshops to implement change.

Apply before 20 July, and you could be among 15 winners sponsored to attend the Forum and leadership programme. This is your time to share why you would be the right representative for your country and region. You can find the application form on the Global Landscape Forum site. 

In addition to joining 800 participants at the main event in Nairobi, you could attend workshops and trainings to define vision, acquire knowledge, identify challenges, and build community towards restoring Africa’s degraded landscapes.

Winners: Fifteen winners will be announced on the Global Landscape Forum Facebook Page LIVE on 25 July, 1pm Greenwich Mean Time and winners (3 from each African region) will be fully sponsored.

PROGRAM:

Online Learning (4 Weeks)

With Digital Summits, curated learning assignments and discussion groups, online learning begins on 30 July.

Youth Workshop (2 Days)

The work kicks off with an exciting agenda crafted to get you up to speed. No matter your background or interest, by the end of the 2 days you will understand the pitfalls of restoration projects, restoration opportunities, business plans, and we will build collective knowledge.

GLF Nairobi (2 Days)

Young leaders will bring their momentum to Forum Nairobi, where 800 people are expected to gather in Nairobi to discuss restoration implementation. You’ll take part in the Global Landscape Forum mentorship programme; facilitate discussion forums; help launch the draft Nairobi Plan of Action for Youth, and play a key role in knowledge and outreach activities.  

Project Teams (Ongoing, online)

Build topic-specific project teams during the youth workshop, to report bi-annually on progress.