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UNESCO MAB World Youth Forum

From 18 September - To 23 September

Young people are the future of Biosphere reserves and must be given a voice in shaping their territory and defining their engagement in the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of UNESCO.

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 forum will take place from 18 to 23 September 2017 in the heart of the Biosphere Reserve of the Po Delta. The 5 days will be organized in plenary sessions and parallel sessions, which will be carried out in various symbolic places of the Po Delta, in order to encourage exchanges between the participants and the actors of the territory.

At the moment, 3 thematic areas around which to develop the preparation and implementation of the Forum have been identified:

  • The contribution of young people to the life of Biosphere Reserves
  • Research and studies into the sustainable development of Biosphere Reserves
  • A sustainable future for the youth of Biosphere Reserves

The Forum is addressed to youth aged between 18 and 35 who live or work in Biosphere Reserves, or who study or conduct research in these areas. The participants will be nominated by their respective biosphere reserve managers/coordinators, and supported by their MAB National Committees.

MAB Youth ambassadors (ideally one per region of the world) will be designated at the end of the Forum and charged with the mission of: representing the MAB Youth community during the 2017 UNESCO Youth Forum in Paris; and, presenting the messages from the Forum to the International Co-ordinating Council of the MAB Programme in June 2018.

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