7 December 2017

Digital Summit: Common pitfalls and best practices in youth mainstreaming

BONN, Germany (Landscape News) — Involving local communities, including typically marginalized stakeholders such as women and youth, is at the heart of the landscape approach. In practice, this means that youth should be integrated into all stages of programs, which jointly target environmental and development concerns.

However, youth mainstreaming can be tricky to implement. Speakers at a digital summit on Dec. 12 will shine a light on how to ensure youth integration, identifying common pitfalls when designing programs to include this group.

These leaders from both youth and professional organizations will also put forward strategies to address the main challenges, and share hard-earned advice and best practices professionals can draw upon in different contexts.

“Consider youth like you consider gender, and value youth in the same way we are now valuing ‘interdisciplinarity’,” said youth speaker Salina Abraham at the closing ceremony of the 2015 Global Landscapes Forum (GLF). “We cannot make the critical progress we truly need without an inclusive and intergenerational effort.”

Salina is now back as youth coordinator at the GLF and co-moderator of this digital summit, which will feature speakers from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD); the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), as well as youth and environmental advocate Miss Earth Rwanda 2017.

Register for the digital summit here.

Join the conversation on social media platforms using the #GLFYouthConvo hashtag.

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