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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.


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.


  • 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.


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:

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.


Starting Date: March 2nd

Receiving Propoasals: March 2nd  – April 2nd

Winners Announcement:  May 1st.


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


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.


  • 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).

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.

Latin American and the Caribbean Capacity-building Workshop

By Mirna Inés Fernandez (Bolivia)

(español debajo)


The Latin American and the Caribbean Capacity Building Workshop organized by the Global Youth Biodiversity Network and hosted by the Alexander von Humboldt Institute, in Bogotá, Colombia has started.

It is gathering around 30 youth leaders from 11 countries of the LAC region with different perspectives and capacities, but all of them focused on the biodiversity conservation and the empowerment of youth people to help on the implementation the Convention on Biological Diversity objectives and the Aichi targets.

IMG_7724We had the honor to have Brigitte Baptiste, the director of the Humboldt Institute, opening our workshop.

The talks started with the presentations of Melina and Christian, the members with the most experience of our network, to share the work that GYBN has been doing to bring youth voices to the CBD and reach the main actors and processes within this Convention.

After this, we had Hesiquio Benitez, from CONABIO, to share with us the perspectives of the Mexican Government on the COP presidency and the work they developed towards their National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan.  We also had representatives from the Colombian Ministry of Environment sharing with us their youth strategy.

IMG_1816As an invited expert, Isis Alvarez, from the Global Forest Coalition, shared with us some perspectives on the implementation of the CBD on the ground from the perspective of the civil society.

Finally, all the participants had the chance to share their perspectives about their national NBSAPs in small groups, to afterwards share with everyone its similarities, differences, best practices and the potential actions that we as youth can propose in order to be engaged on the development and implementation of the NBSAPS in our countries.

There is still a lot to discuss and joint actions to be developed, but we are very optimistic – this group is not just young and enthusiastic, but proactive and experienced. We are sure that here there is a lot of potential to be unleashed in order to rethink the youth biodiversity movement for the LAC region.


Ha iniciado el Taller de Capacitación en América Latina y el Caribe organizado por la Red Global de Jóvenes por la Biodiversidad, teniendo como anfitrión el Instituto Alexander von Humboldt, en Bogotá, Colombia.

El Taller reúne aproximadamente a 30 líderes juveniles de la región de ALC con diferentes perspectivas y capacidades, pero todos ellos enfocados en la conservación de la biodiversidad y el empoderamiento de los jóvenes para ayudar en la implementación de los objetivos de la Convención y los objetivos de Aichi.

Tuvimos el honor de contar con Brigitte Baptiste, directora del Instituto Humboldt, para inaugurar nuestro taller.

Las conversaciones comenzaron con las presentaciones de Melina y Christian, los miembros con más experiencia de nuestra red, para compartir el trabajo que el GYBN ha estado haciendo para llevar las voces de los jóvenes a la CDB y los principales actores y procesos dentro de esta Convención.

Después de esto, Hesiquio Benítez, de CONABIO, compartió con nosotros las perspectivas del gobierno mexicano sobre la presidencia de la COP y el trabajo que desarrollaron para su Estrategia Nacional de Biodiversidad y Plan de Acción. También contamos con representantes del Ministerio de Medio Ambiente colombiano compartiendo con nosotros su estrategia juvenil.

Como experta invitada, Isis Alvarez, de la Coalición Mundial para los Bosques, compartió con nosotros algunas perspectivas sobre la implementación del CDB sobre el terreno desde la perspectiva de la sociedad civil.

Finalmente, todos los participantes tuvieron la oportunidad de compartir sus puntos de vista sobre sus NBSAP nacionales en pequeños grupos, para después compartir con todos las similitudes, diferencias, mejores prácticas y posibles acciones que nosotros como jóvenes podemos proponer para participar en el desarrollo y la implementación de las ENBPAs en nuestros países.

Todavía hay mucho por discutir y acciones conjuntas a desarrollar, pero estamos optimistas porque este grupo no es solo joven y entusiasta, sino proactivo y con experiencia. Estamos seguros de que aquí hay mucho potencial por ser explotado para repensar el movimiento de biodiversidad juvenil para la región de ALC.