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To unite and empower youth (aged 18-35 years) from diverse backgrounds around the world to have a voice, and affect positive change in their landscapes and livelihoods.

Enter the dragon’s den: Youth pitching ideas for sustainable landscapes


50 outstanding young professionals were selected through a competitive application process to participate in a “Landscapes Leadership“ workshop ahead of the 2015 Global Landscapes Forum to work on solutions to 5 landscape challenges.

They had to pitch these 5 solutions during the Forum to a group of esteemed panelists for live feedback (modelled off the British TV series “Dragon’s Den”).

The dragons den took place on Sunday, 6 December

TIMEACTIVITY
14:30 – 14:50Introducing the dragons

MC: Mia Signs, CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems

  • Paula Caballero, Senior Director at the World Bank 
  • Steven Lawry, Director of governance research at the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
  • Bernard GiraudDanone’s Senior Sustainability Advisor and co-founder of the Livelihoods Fund
  • Tui ShortlandManaging Director of Repo Consultancy – a collective of indigenous environmental managers
  • Kemi Seesink, Policy and Advocacy Coordinator of the Global Water Initiative
  • Tint Lwin Thaung, Executive Director of The Centre for People and Forests (RECOFTC)
14:50 – 15:30First round of Dragons Den:

3 teams of young professionals pitch solutions to each of their team challenges. Dragons and audience provide feedback

5 minute audience feedback
15:30 – 15:55Second round of Dragons’ Den:

2 teams of young professionals pitch solutions to each of their team challenges. Dragons and audience provide feedback

5 minute wrap up and feedback from the audience