GYBN mourns the loss of South Africa’s Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa

GYBN has learned today of the passing of Edna Molewa, South Africa’s Minister of Environment, who passed away in Pretoria after a short illness.

GYBN would like to express our networks’ deepest condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.

Minister Molewa has been a globally recognized authority in the fight to prevent the loss of Biodiversity and was a strong advocate for Environmental Justice. She has been a true champion of youth engagement, not just on Biodiversity conservation but in other environmental fields as well.

It was thanks to Minister Molewa’s political leadership and very generous support that GYBN was able to organize the 2017 Regional Youth Capacity-Building Workshop for Africa in Muldersdrift, near Johannesburg in South Africa. Thanks to Minister Molewa’s support the workshop was the largest in GYBN’s 2017 series of workshops and brought 46 participants from 16 African countries together.

We will never forget how Minister Molewa took extra time out of her schedule on a Saturday to address the participants during the closing event of the workshop. In her motivating speech she said:

“It is you who will be our future experts, and it is you who will be at the cutting edge of biodiversity research and development. It is you who will be finding solutions and bringing innovative ideas to bear to solve some of the most pressing environmental issues of our time such as climate change and biodiversity loss.”

There are few leaders like her who are fearlessly standing up for the weak and poor. Minister Molewa has always been thinking about environmental protection, social justice and economic development not as detrimental poles but as an indivisible circle that cannot function without all elements being considered together.

Her loss is a loss not just to South Africa but to the whole continent and the entire world.

With Minister Molewa the world has lost a staunch advocate for biodiversity conservation that was well respected in both the north and the south and often acted as a bridge builder between developed and developing countries.

We are deeply indebted to her and will keep her memory alive as an inspiring leader who has motivated an entire generation of young conservationist to keep fighting for biodiversity conservation and environmental justice.

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Images of Minister Molewa during the Closing Ceremony of the GYBN Regional Youth Capacity Building for Africa on August 19 2017.

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Call for Applications: 2018 GYBN Regional Youth Capacity Building Workshop for ASIA

Building upon the success of GYBN’s 2017 series of Capacity-Building Workshops and thanks to generous support from the Japan Biodiversity Fund, the European Commission, the CBD Secretariat, the African Wildlife Foundation, Engajamundo and the Telangana Forest Department, GYBN will organize another three Youth Capacity-Building Workshops for ASIA, AFRICA and LATIN-AMERICA and the CARIBBEAN in 2018/19.

Please apply through this form by August 31 2018 at 23:59: http://bit.ly/gybnasiawp2018

Download our workshop brochure here

+++This call is ONLY for ASIA+++

If you want to apply for the Africa (http://bit.ly/gybnafricawp2018) please use the respective form.

DATES AND VENUES OF THE ASIA WORKSHOP
The workshop for ASIA will be held in partnership with the Telangana Forest Department in Hyderabad, India in mid-October 2018 (exact dates to be confirmed but likely from October 14 to 20).

DESCRIPTION OF THE WORKSHOP
To strengthen the capacity of young leaders to take action in support of National Biodiversity Strategies and Actions Plan (NBSAPs , https://www.cbd.int/nbsap/search/default.shtml) and to contribute towards the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets (https://www.cbd.int/sp/targets/), the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN, http://www.gybn.org) is hosting a series of capacity-building workshops around the world in 2018/19.

Participants will take part in team building, networking and training sessions in international biodiversity conservation policy, mobilization, advocacy, campaign skills and project management to create or enhance existing projects that directly contribute to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the implementation of NBSAPs.

For these workshops, travel, accommodation, and limited food expenses will be funded for successful applicants who are based in the region in which the workshop is held. Visa costs will be covered on a case by case basis. Flights will only be funded for travel within the same region.

GOALS OF THE WORKSHOP
These week-long regional workshops will bring together 15-18 young leaders in each region to:
– Mobilize networks/communities at the regional, national or local levels in order to increase public/youth engagement, general awareness and political will for biodiversity conservation
– Learn about the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD, http://www.cbd.int), the CBD’s Strategic Plan 2010-2021 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets
– Learn about key aspects of NBSAP and how young people can partner with national and sub-national authorities to support implementation
– Catalyze concrete actions to bring these legally-binding international decisions down to the local, national, and regional level
– Join a global effort to set youth priorities for a future in harmony with nature and push governments, business and citizens to act
– Mobilize young people in order to have their perspectives considered in the CBD post 2020 framework

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
The deadline for applications is August 31 at 23:59 GMT.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
– Application form (fill it out online) here http://bit.ly/gybnasiawp2018
– Digital copy of CV
– Digital copy of Passport

Send a pdf copy of your CV and the identification page of your passport to: gybnsteeringcommittee@gmail.com

obs: the title of your document should be LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_CV.pdf and
LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_PASSPORT.pdf

SELECTION CRITERIA
1. Be a registered GYBN member by the start of the application period
2. Between 18 – 35 years old
3. Commitment to biodiversity conservation with a previous track record showing such engagement
4. Active member or coordinator of a youth organization/network/community that is active on Biodiversity on the local/national or regional level
5. Possess the time and ability to share knowledge gained from the workshop, including implementing workshop outcomes and replicating workshop model at the national/local level
6. The applicant’s biodiversity-related work has to be based in the region in which a workshop is held. However, the applicant need not be a citizen of a country of that region.

ELIGIBILITY FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT
Due to our donor’s funding requirements, for the workshops in Asia, Africa and Latin-America and the Caribbean financial support is only available for applicants that are citizens of developing countries. Applicants from developed countries (i.e. Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea etc.) cannot be financially supported. However self-funded participants are welcome to join the workshops!
The workshops in Europe and North-America (yet to be announced) will be open to applicants from developed countries from their respective regions.

If you are unsure whether you are eligible to join the workshops, if you are interested to participate as a self-funded participant or if you should have any other questions, please write to gybnsteeringcommittee@gmail.com and cc it to christian.schwarzer@gmail.com and swetha.stotrabhashyam@gmail.com

We look forward to receiving your applications and seeing you at the workshops!

PLEASE NOTE:
Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Applications must be submitted in English. Applications submitted in another language will not be considered. Incomplete applications will also not be considered.

Telangana Biodoversity Fellowship Program

To support the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, the Global Youth Biodiversity Network and the Telangana State Biodiversity Board is implementing the Telangana State Biodiversity Fellowship Program.

We are looking to select fellows who want to work for biodiversity conservation and support India in aiding the achievement of the International Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

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Please Register for the Fellowship Selection Program: https://goo.gl/forms/qpYW3NsGlpuEFV0E2

 

 

 

Call for Applications: 2018 GYBN Regional Youth Capacity Building Workshop for AFRICA

Building upon the success of GYBN’s 2017 series of Capacity-Building Workshops and thanks to generous support from the Japan Biodiversity Fund, the European Commission, the CBD Secretariat, the African Wildlife Foundation, Engajamundo and the Telangana Forest Department, GYBN will organize another three Youth Capacity-Building Workshops for ASIA, AFRICA and LATIN-AMERICA and the CARIBBEAN in 2018/19.

Please apply through this form by August 31 2018 at 23:59: http://bit.ly/gybnafricawp2018

Download our workshop brochure here

+++This call is ONLY for AFRICA+++
If you want to apply for the Asia (http://bit.ly/gybnasiawp2018) Workshop, please use the respective form.

DATES AND VENUES OF THE AFRICA WORKSHOP
The workshop for AFRICA will be held in partnership with the African Widlife Foundation in Nairobi, Kenya at the end of October 2018 (exact dates to be confirmed but likely from October 28 to November 3).

DESCRIPTION OF THE WORKSHOP
To strengthen the capacity of young leaders to take action in support of National Biodiversity Strategies and Actions Plan (NBSAPs , https://www.cbd.int/nbsap/search/default.shtml) and to contribute towards the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets (https://www.cbd.int/sp/targets/), the Global Youth Biodiversity Network is hosting a series of capacity-building workshops around the world in 2018/19.

Participants will take part in team building, networking and training sessions in international biodiversity conservation policy, mobilization, advocacy, campaign skills and project management to create or enhance existing projects that directly contribute to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the implementation of NBSAPs.

For these workshops, travel, accommodation, and limited food expenses will be funded for successful applicants who are based in the region in which the workshop is held. Visa costs will be covered on a case by case basis. Flights will only be funded for travel within the same region.

GOALS OF THE WORKSHOP
These week-long regional workshops will bring together 15-18 young leaders in each region to:
– Mobilize networks/communities at the regional, national or local levels in order to increase public/youth engagement, general awareness and political will for biodiversity conservation
– Learn about the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD, http://www.cbd.int), the CBD’s Strategic Plan 2010-2021 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets
– Learn about key aspects of NBSAP and how young people can partner with national and sub-national authorities to support implementation
– Catalyze concrete actions to bring these legally-binding international decisions down to the local, national, and regional level
– Join a global effort to set youth priorities for a future in harmony with nature and push governments, business and citizens to act
– Mobilize young people in order to have their perspectives considered in the CBD post 2020 framework

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION
The deadline for applications is August 31 at 23:59 GMT.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
– Application form (fill it out online) here http://bit.ly/gybnwp2018
– Digital copy of CV
– Digital copy of Passport

Send a pdf copy of your CV and the identification page of your passport to: gybnsteeringcommittee@gmail.com

obs: the title of your document should be LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_CV.pdf and
LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_PASSPORT.pdf

SELECTION CRITERIA
1. Be a registered GYBN member by the start of the application period
2. Between 18 – 35 years old
3. Commitment to biodiversity conservation with a previous track record showing such engagement
4. Active member or coordinator of a youth organization/network/community that is active on Biodiversity on the local/national or regional level
5. Possess the time and ability to share knowledge gained from the workshop, including implementing workshop outcomes and replicating workshop model at the national/local level
6. The applicant’s biodiversity-related work has to be based in the region in which a workshop is held. However, the applicant need not be a citizen of a country of that region.

ELIGIBILITY FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT
Due to our donor’s funding requirements, for the workshops in Asia, Africa and Latin-America and the Caribbean financial support is only available for applicants that are citizens of developing countries. Applicants from developed countries (i.e. Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea etc.) cannot be financially supported. However self-funded participants are welcome to join the workshops!
The workshops in Europe and North-America (yet to be announced) will be open to applicants from developed countries from their respective regions.

If you are unsure whether you are eligible to join the workshops, if you are interested to participate as a self-funded participant or if you should have any other questions, please write to gybnsteeringcommittee@gmail.com and cc it to christian.schwarzer@gmail.com and swetha.stotrabhashyam@gmail.com

We look forward to receiving your applications and seeing you at the workshops!

PLEASE NOTE:
Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Applications must be submitted in English. Applications submitted in another language will not be considered. Incomplete applications will also not be considered.

Flamingos at risk! Sign the Petition #SaveSalina

A Paradise for Birds and People under Threat

 

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The Ulcinj Salina, close to the ocean in the south of Montenegro, is one of the most important wetland areas in the Balkan region. The significance of this saline wetland for birds during migration is often compared with that of London Heathrow Airport for its air traffic. Thousands of wading and water birds rest and nest in the Salina year by year in spring and autumn. They find a perfect habitat and enough food to refuel for the rest of their energy-sapping flight. 

However, this avian paradise is under threat. Despite its immense significance for the bird populations as well as other salt-dependent species, the salina is not officially protected and has become a target of speculation for investors. It was intentionally run down by its new owner and about 500 people from the region lost their job and tradition of salt production. After the salt production was stopped in 2013, the infrastructure of the Salina has been decaying and the dams and pumps have been destroyed. The basins are being flooded with fresh water, causing the Salina to lose its attractiveness for those species with an affinity for salt water.

What is clear, is that the quality of the area for birds has declined in the past years and will continue if the Salina is not put under protection and salt production started again. This will benefit nature, the birds and other biodiversity in the Salina as well as the people in the region.

In April this year the Montenegrin minister for sustainable development and tourism, Pavle Radulović, promised to put the Salina Ulcinj under protection. Until now, where the first steps should have been made already, nothing has happened. The #SaveSalina Campaign started a petition to put pressure on the Montenegrin government to keep its promises. Also as Montenegro is a part of the European Union, the protection of the Salina should be part of their environmental efforts.

Please help to save the Salina Ulcinj – for birds and for people – sign and share the petition: savesalina.net

#BondWithNature Workshop

Here are the updates from the #BondWithNature workshop. Congratulations team!

 

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If you live in Bogota, Colombia you can join us next July 28th in bond with nature workshop! It is based on the GYBN’s goals, specially in the goal: raise awareness among young people of the values of biodiversity, focused in the conectivity perspective among different kinds of urban ecosystems, their environmental functions and benefits for human beings.

In 2017, Latin America and the Caribbean chapter met in the Capacity Building Workshop developed by GYBN, where we had the opportunity to strengthen alliances as leaders from Brazil and Colombia, in order to develop activism and campaign initiatives through environmental education in our countries.

This is why we make the first call to all social and environmental activists and/or volunteers from Colombia to participate. We want to exchange professional experiences with all of you and create new strategies for the solutions to current environmental issues in Bogota City.

REQUIREMENTS TO PARTICIPATE

• Colombian nationalize; foreign people whom lives in Colombia.

• Young people from 18 to 50 years old.

• Fill the form.

It does no matter if you are undergraduate/graduate, volunteer and/or social leader, everybody is welcome!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdq4KNbAjj0MsJ-qCn8cRXd-kEgEcGovWxklcFK9v_b8Fk8Hg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Caller Ring Back Tunes Conservation Campaign. A Digital Centered Approach To Speak to Young People

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Caption: A screen Grab of the MTN Uganda Caller Tunes Portal Showing Conservation Tunes.

Biodiversity Conservation in this digital age means we must adapt to the methods the young generations are moving with, otherwise, we shall be moving towards opposite directions and sending out messages using wrong forums. There is increasing need for creativity in the way conservation messages are pushed out to the people in a sense of making the messaging ‘sleek’ and also segmented for the right audiences.

In Uganda, we have about 21million unique mobile phone users which amount to 50% of the population and 14 million internet users, important to note that 70% of the population is below 35 Years. This means the relevance of speaking to the people through these devices cannot be undermined. If everyone comes to realize that loss of biodiversity affects all of us in the long run because even the telecom companies only make money when the peasant farmer has a dollar to spend on airtime.

For over 3 years I have been actively using my space as a radio and TV host to communicate information about protecting the environment in my music shows, something that my colleagues at first thought was awkward until I explained to them that, through these shows we can change behavior and attitudes of the people if we do it smartly. For now, this is something am proud of and encourage my colleagues to take up the other challenges such as HIV/ AIDS, teenage pregnancy e.tc whichever one feels comfortable with.

In my day job is I look after the East African business of Content Connect Africa which is a digital music content distribution company plugging in music content in form of Caller Ring Back Tunes, Full Track streaming and downloads through telecom networks.
Through this space, I have been able to create 30 second long Caller Ring Back Tunes (CRBT) speaking about conservation. The campaign is simply about the telecom customer choosing a CRBT that speaks about either, Forests / Wildlife / Wetlands. The CRBTs are available in either English/ Luganda languages. I hope to get government’s support to ensure the content is free for access to the telecom networks.

Listen to the CRBTs here

By James Propa

GYBN Steering Committee, Uganda

NatureIsDoing

GYBN LAC INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN

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CALL FOR ACTION

 

The Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) is the biggest international network of youth organizations and individuals, which common goal lies on the biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of it.

Among the main goals of this network is to raise social awareness about the values of biodiversity, as well as the importance that the new generations play on the solution of this planetary crisis.  

 

The Latinamerican and Caribbean (LAC) region is home of one of the richest bio-cultural diversity of the Planet. However, it is also one of the regions with the highest deforestation rates and bio-cultural diversity loss. Through this campaign, we make a call to all those “silent heroes” that lead participatory projects and promote the conservation and sustainable use of the local biodiversity. We want to know your story and share it worldwide. We want to share your success story and be able to inspire and connect the new generations in the construction of a better/sustainable planet.

OBJECTIVE

Showcase internationally those latinamerican youth projects and initiatives that successfully promote the conservation and sustainable use of the biological diversity, as well as the shared access of the benefits of its proper use.

  • Award those initiatives that work to fulfill the Aichi targets for the LAC region.

PARTICIPANTS

  • Young professionals (17-29 years old) from Latin-American that lead their projects within the LAC region.
  • Individual and collective proposals are welcome.
  • Proposals should be submitted in spanish.

CRITERIA FOR APPLICATION

We look for projects that are developed around the following topics:

  • Conservations and sustainable use of biodiversity.
  • Capacity building and community governance.
  • Endangered species conservation.
  • Endangered ecosystems conservation.
  • Inspiring and reconnecting new generations/audiences.
  • Promotion of community participation and minorities integration.
  • Rescue of traditional knowledge.

Participants should follow the GYBN LAC Facebook page where all the information and link of the campaign will be posted. Participants must fullfill the online survey and share the requested information to the following email: earthsensesgroup@gmail.com

The stories of the winners will be posted and shared in many of the most important websites and digital platforms of Nature Conservation organizations such as the GYBN, GYBN LAC, WildVoices, CoalitionWild, IUCN-World Commission on Protected Areas, KiekariTerra, Dimension Natural, etc.

DATES

Starting Date: March 2nd

Receiving Propoasals: March 2nd  – April 2nd

Winners Announcement:  May 1st.

JURY

It will be formed by a multidisciplinary group of expert young professionals that lead conservation projects within the LAC region.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

We will choose those projects that stand for their creativity, social impact, and their effectiveness in preserve nature and inspire new generations.

The overall criteria used will be:

  • Project Impact.
  • Creativity used to solve environmental problems.
  • Engagement with the local communities.
  • What does the project do to reach the Aichi Targets?

 

The Aichi Targets (CBD) will be the main reference to evaluate the impact of each project, no matter if it is a local, regional, national or international projects.

AWARD

  • Winning projects stories will be shared in the GYBN, WildVoices, CoalitionWild and IUCN-WCPA digital media (websites, newsletters and social media).
  • A gift package will be send to each winner. The package contains:
    • “CBD in a nutshell” (GYBN book).
    • Dimension Natural (book).

Join us at the United Nations Headquaters for the World Wildlife Day 2018

GYBN in partnership with the UN Major Groups for Children and Youth is organizing a lively youth consultation on the occasion of the World Wildlife Day 2018 at the United Nations Headquarters at New York. 

We would like to invite all of you to join us online during the discussion to provide your inputs. The event will be broadcasted on Facebook Live and also have a live Twitter chat. 

Anyone who wishes to virtually join and speak during the event, please send us an email at gybninfo@gmail.com or join us directly on facebook or twitter. The discussion will be on 2nd March at 3pm following the World Wildlife Day 2018 event at the United Nations Headquarters at New York. 

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Meet our speakers for the event

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Launching Youth Biodiversity Heroes GYBN Project

On this year’s World Day of Social Justice, GYBN LAC is launching the trailer for its project, the Youth Biodiversity Heroes!


Biodiversity is under threat in some of the regions with the biggest diversity of species and cultures. In these places, anonymous environmental defenders protect biodiversity and human rights using the best of their capacity and sometimes very limited resources.
Youth Biodiversity Heroes is a project that seeks to share stories of young indigenous and peasants on the defense of the territory and the conservation of biodiversity and youth advocates for indigenous rights.
The stories will be collected in video clips in order to visualize the experiences from the Biodiversity Heroes and spread these through social media and during relevant events. The goal is to inspire more young people around the world to take action against biodiversity loss and in the fight for social justice. We also want decision makers to understand the scope of the biodiversity and human rights crisis in some of the most threatened regions in the planet.

Youth platform for participation at the Convention on Biological Diversity