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2017 UNESCO Man and the Biosphere, MAB Youth Forum

Details on the 2017 UNESCO Man and the Biosphere, MAB Youth Forum

Application is currently ongoing for the 2017 UNESCO Man and the Biosphere, MAB Youth Forum.

MAB Secretariat offers, in collaboration with the Regional Bureau
located in Venice, 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.
for the first time during the 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves
in Lima, Peru, the forum has been welcomed by a standing ovation!  It
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.
large-scale, online consultation will shortly be implemented among
youth stakeholders of the MAB, which will provide an opportunity to
define their expectations and the issues which will be debated during
the Forum. 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


organizers of the Forum will be able to cover the travel costs for up
to 100 participants, particularly those from Least Developed Countries
and Small Island Developing States. In addition, the Organization will
pay for the accommodation costs of a maximum of 250 participants.

Eligibility Criteria

Forum is addressed to youth aged between 18 and 30 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.
organizers will promote a gender parity in the Forum participation and,
considering the 3 main thematic areas of the Forum, the following 3
main categories of participants should be also equally represented:
1.    Youth active in the civil society (associations) of their territory
2.    Youth dedicating their studies/research to their territory
3.    Youth earning their livelihood within the Biosphere Reserve
A good knowledge of English is required, since it will be the lingua franca of all activities of the Forum.

How to Apply

Potential participants are invited to fill out the application form at :, attaching a motivation letter and a letter of recommendation/support from their Biosphere Reserve.
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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