“I’m tired of hearing the young generation are the future. Why? Because it implies that group is marginal. We tend to be involved in these decision-making processes because youth is ‘colorful,’ youth is ‘dynamic.’ But actually what we require is to be seriously and honestly involved at the centre of processes.”
Florent Kaiser, former president of the International Forestry Students Association (IFSA)
Over 200 people discussed, debated and presented ideas on key landscape issues at Peru’s Global Landscapes Forum Youth Session in December 2014. Described by World Bank vice president and special envoy for climate change, Rachel Kyte as “one of the more interesting things I’m going to be doing for all of the COP”, the youth session generated a series of recommendations, which can be found below.
At the youth session, 100 young people under 30 – along with 50 senior professionals – divided into groups to brainstorm innovative ideas for integrated land use.
- Read the recommendations
- Watch the dragon’s den critiquing pitches.
- Read CIFOR’s blog: “Dragons” urge youth to take the reins of power and solve forestry and agriculture problems
- Watch Florent Kaiser’s opening speech.
- Read blogs by masterclass and youth session participants
Tools to master your skills – resources from the youth masterclasses
Covering how to pitch an idea, facilitate a discussion, network effectively and think critically on landscapes, the masterclasses provided youth with critical skills to improve their participation in the Global Landscapes Forum.
We’ve openly published some key resources on our masterclass page: landscapes.org/youth-masterclasses
What is the youth session at the 2014 Global Landscapes Forum?
We learnt a thing or two after the last youth session at the 2013 Global Landscapes Forum and the youth discussions at the Forests Asia Summit.
The first: Young people are not given many opportunities to discuss and debate integrated approaches to land use in their studies or workplaces.
The second: Despite increasing commitments for youth representation in committees and at conferences, there’s not been a space for sufficient mentoring and skill building opportunities so young people can effectively contribute to discussions, network and become better professionals.
At the Global Landscapes Forum, we want to build the skills of youth to become leaders (join our masterclasses) and give them a space to effectively contribute to innovative cross-cutting solutions to land use, climate change and sustainable development issues.
That’s why we’ve designed an action packed youth session and are bringing on board bright young people from across the world to lead it.
Download the concept note here.
Meet our youth facilitators and pitchers!
Integrated landscape approaches: Laura, Raquel and Beatriz.
Climate change: Karen, Gabriel and Claudio.
Green Economy: Benjamin, Hannah and Wen-Yu.
Sustainable Development: Ayesha, Ivonne and Mona.
Can’t come to Peru? Join our online discussions
Post your comment on these issues by clicking on the links below.
The youth session took place on December 6 at the Westin Hotel and Convention Center in Lima, Peru.
We began with a series of roundtable discussions on the four themes of the Global Landscapes Forum with the aim to form actionable, innovative ideas for integrated land use, ranging from local case studies to policy and practice solutions.
These key ideas were then be pitched to a panel of science and policy experts in the form of a dragons’ den (to learn more about pitching, read this blog). Youth pitchers received feedback from the judges and audience on these ideas. This feedback was incorporated and consolidated by youth into a summary document (read it here).
Here’s the preliminary agenda:
|08:30 – 08:40||Introductory remarks by Florent Kaiser, former president of the International Forestry Students Association.|
|08:50 – 10:50||Roundtable discussions on each theme (moderated by “youth facilitators”).|
|10:50 – 11:10||Break with entertainment|
|11:10 – 11:15||Remarks by Rachel Kyte, World Bank Group vice president and special envoy for climate change|
|11:15 – 12:15||Dragons’ Den, where four “youth pitchers” pitch ideas from roundtable discussions and get feedback from panel and audience.
|12:15 – 12:30||Closing remarks by Danaé Espinoza, UNFCCC Youth NGO Constituency (YOUNGO) representative for the Global South|
How can I get involved?
See key dates for youth activities below and invite your networks to take part:
|Date||Activity||How can I be involved?||More information|
|23 October||Youth debates in Lima, Peru||Attend if you are based in Lima||Read about the event here.|
|Late October/early November||Online discussions||Contribute!||Join the discussions!1. How sustainable is your food supply chain?
2. How can we address rural-urban migration of youth in post-2015 development agenda?
3. Fracking: Can communities, governments & businesses agree on an integrated approach?
4. How can youth ensure that REDD+ initiatives address oil palm expansion?
|November||Skill and knowledge building webinars||Open to all with an internet connection||Details at archive.globallandscapesforum.org/youth-masterclasses|
|5 December||Skill and knowledge building masterclasses||Space is limited so you need to apply to attend. We cannot provide financial support for participants||Applications have now closed archive.globallandscapesforum.org/youth-masterclasses/|
|6 December||Youth session||Register to attend here||archive.globallandscapesforum.org/youth|
The youth activities at the Global Landscapes Forum are being organized by youth, for youth. Our implementing organizations are YPARD, IFSA, GAEA and CIFOR.
Here are the awesome group of people that are making this event possible. If you’d like more information about the session or would like to sponsor the session or participants, please contact Michelle at email@example.com
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