MAB Youth

With nearly half the world’s population under the age of 25, most living in developing countries, imagine the impact of young people as change agents in adopting more sustainable lifestyles. If we add together our small steps, we will move towards lifestyles that help sustain our planet, our global and our local communities.

Human activities, being magnified by population growth and climate change, are leading to significant loss of biodiversity around the world. It is up to every one of us, particularly young people, to take action to preserve biodiversity and reconcile it with human life.

The energy, motivation and creativity of youth are essential assets to stimulating change and preserving the Earth’s biodiversity.

Young people can contribute to fostering biodiversity conservation and preservation and protecting biological resources, which are the pillars upon which we build civilizations.

The MaB Youth are committed to biodiversity and work in a network.

From 18 to 22 September 2017, 282 Youth delegates from over 142 biosphere reserves across 85 different countries gathered during the first ever MAB Youth Forum in the Po Delta Biosphere Reserve, Italy. The young participants between 18 and 35 years old either live or work in a biosphere reserve. The 1st MAB Youth Forum was organized to offer an opportunity for young people who care about the special territories in which they live in to become active in the MAB Programme and to contribute to the sustainable development of their communities, in line with the Lima Action Plan. The MAB Youth Forum was a great success and proved to be a beginning of active engagement towards youth within the MAB Programme and its World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

From 5 to 8 December 2018, 89 participants gathered in Ecuador for the I IberoMAB Youth Forum, organized by the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme. The event was an opportunity to discuss the role of younger generations either working, studying or living in Biosphere Reserves located in Latin America, the Caribbean, Portugal and Spain. It was held in the emblematic Bosques de Paz Transboundary Reserve, in the border between Ecuador and Peru.

The 2nd MAB Youth Forum takes place from 15 to 18 September 2019 in the Changbaishan Biosphere Reserve, China. Under the theme ‘Committed to Biodiversity’, the forum will mainly work towards the 15th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 15) which will be held in China in 2020.

The UN Youth Climate Summit is a platform for young leaders who are driving climate action to showcase their solutions at the United Nations, and to meaningfully engage with decision-makers on the defining issue of our time.

This historic event will take place on Saturday, September 21 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York as part of a weekend of events leading up to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit on Monday, September 23.

Young people from the Spanish Biosphere Reserves will meet at the Mariñas Coruñesas and Terras do Mandeo Biosphere Reserve between October 23 and 25, 2019. During the event, the young representatives of the various Reserves will share opinions, experiences and proposals so that they participate in young people in biosphere reserves.