YOUth ACTivation: towards the Global Forest Goals

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Youth call for an awakening to the reality that we are valuable partners and agents of change in efforts to halt deforestation, particularly in facilitating collective action, building capacity, and sharing the message with everyday people. To do this we must be trained, organized and have a clear set of objectives to deliver.

YOUth ACTivation: towards the Global Forest Goals will provide a launchpad for youth contributions to the UN Forum UNFF13 and present tools to succeed in the fight against deforestation.

During this webinar, participants will learn about forest policy instruments on a global level such as the United Nations Strategic Plan for Forests (UNSPF) and the Global Forest Goals. Participants will understand how the Major Group Children and Youth (MGCY), convened by the International Forestry Students’ Association, functions before introduced to the work of MGCY.

MGCY is currently producing a work plan that will showcase how young people can contribute to achieving the UNSPF. Having young people on-board for this effort is crucial as we can provide new, innovative ideas to tackle global problems – and we are willing to act!

The webinar will introduce the main objectives of the work plan and will then provide a platform to discuss among participants how we can bring this work plan to life. Participants will have the opportunity to contribute ideas for specific projects that will contribute to achieve the UNSPF.

Join us for this Digital Summit and get involved with your idea to achieve a common vision – YOU ACT!

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Landscape transformation: what does power have to do with it?

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Many different kinds of actors are involved in landscape transformations – indigenous landholders, small-scale farmers, agri-business corporations, land titling agencies, and forest conservation departments, to name just a few. Each actor has their own vision of how landscapes should be arranged, and who should be permitted to do what with the land. These visions  sometimes overlap, but often they conflict and collide, bringing questions of power to the fore.

What kinds of power can an agri-business corporation use to displace an indigenous woman farmer from her land – and what powers can she use to hold on to it, if she has other plans for it?

Why are forest departments able to enforce protected area boundaries in one location, but not in another?

What makes some small-scale farmers able to hold onto their land, while others lose it through mortgage or debt?

In situations like these, no actors have all the power on their side. Instead, different actors make use of one or more “powers of exclusion” to hold on to land, and to exclude others from it. These powers include force (a gun, a fence, a blockade); regulations (state laws, customary laws, formal boundaries, and land use zones); markets (the price of rent, or credit, or a bribe); and legitimation (arguments about what is right, or fair, or efficient, that may pit global conservation against local incomes, or GNP growth against equity and sustainability, or indigenous peoples’ rights against the needs of landless migrants).

The webinar outlines the “powers of exclusion” framework for analyzing how different actors are able to control land and transform landscapes, and what happens when agendas conflict. Illustrations will be drawn from different scales (regional to local) with a focus on Southeast Asia, and will be used to highlight implications for policy, advocacy and practice. The webinar will also include an open forum for Q and A.

The presenters are Derek Hall, Philip Hirsch and Tania Murray Li, co-authors of Powers of Exclusion: Land Dilemmas in Southeast Asia (2011, National University of Singapore and University of Hawaii Press).

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World Wildlife Day 2018: The role of youth in big cat conservation

Last year the theme of World Wildlife Day was “listen to the young voices,” and this year, with the theme of “big cats: predators under threat,” we’re bringing some young voices to the fore to talk about their experiences in big cat conservation. Tune in on WWD 2018 for a roundtable discussion hosted by Youth for Wildlife Conservation (Y4WC).

Some of the most charismatic wildlife in the world, big cats face a number of threats, from habitat loss, to poaching, to human-animal conflict.

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Mainstreaming Youth – The good, the best, and the ugly

Youth. They are the next generation of leaders — but what does that mean for us right now?

What are the advantages and practical challenges to engaging youth through targeted programs?

Youth mainstreaming is the strategic tool and strategy for effective youth development. Mainstreaming requires a comprehensive approach that can often be difficult to implement.

In this Digital Summit, we’re taking the rose-colored glasses off and taking a hard look at what it takes to operationalize youth integration. We’re bringing together leaders from both youth and professional organizations to discuss different perspectives, initiatives, and challenges. This conversation will describe shining examples and opportunities for young people while sharing the most common pitfalls when devising your own program to include youth.

We’re sharing best practices to be easily implemented in multiple scenarios and at different levels.

Whether you are a young person looking for your next opportunity or part of an organization seeking to learn more about youth programs, this Digital Summit will tell you both where to start and what to avoid.

If you have been a part of a great (or bad) youth program, please share your stories and experiences online with us before Dec 12th by using #GLFYouthConvo.

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