MAB Youth Forum in Germany: Last call!

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Why a Youth forum?

Nowadays, ways of involving the Youth in programmes and projects related to nature conservation and empowering them is becoming a big concern. Last year, the EUROPARC Youth Manifesto was crafted and then officially launched by young people at the EUROPARC Conference, in Scotland. The Manifesto is a clear call for change addressed to Protected Areas and local decision-makers, to provide more opportunities for young people to take an active role in their Parks and (rural) communities.

Presentation of the Youth Manifesto by a representative of EUROPARC Youth + Programme

Presentation of the Youth Manifesto by a representative of EUROPARC Youth + Programme

The MAB Youth Forum, for instance, is part of UNESCO’s efforts to engage the youth with the MAB Programme and ensure that young women and men are engaged in policies and programmes affecting them and lead action to promote peace and sustainable development in their countries and communities.

Now, EUROPARC Germany is about to create a Jugend Forum (a Youth Forum) following the principles of the YOUTH Manifesto and the ideals of the MAB Youth Forum.

About the MAB Youth Forum

The Man And BIosphere (MAB) Programme’s engagement towards youth started during the 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves in 2016 in Lima, Peru. The MAB Youth Forum was a great success and proved to be a beginning of active engagement towards youth within the MAB Programme and its World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

In 2017, in Po Delta Nature Reserve (Italy), during the 1st MAB Youth Forum, The MAB Youth Forum Declaration was launched, it calls on the World Network of Biosphere Reserves to share scientific and indigenous knowledge widely and to support knowledge transmission to the future generation. Biosphere reserve managers are encouraged to work with schools to develop specific programmes and to strengthen ties between research institutions and local stakeholders.

Biosphärenreservat Rhön – Photo: Pixabay

For the first time in German-speaking countries

From 6th to 9th September 2019, under the theme of:  “Sustainable life and management of biosphere reserves with the participation of young people” participants from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Luxembourg will have the opportunity to gather at UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Rhön.

The program includes a variety of workshops, field trips and plenty of space to develop your own ideas

If you are between 18 and 25 years old and you live or work in a German-speaking Biosphere Reserve you can apply!

– You spend an extended weekend (06.-09.09.19) in the environmental education center Rhöniversum in the biosphere reserve Rhön (Bavaria) with a varied and exclusive program.
– You get to know about 70 other young and open-minded people who are in similar life situations, and with whom you share experiences and interests, but also can have fun,
– You acquire new knowledge and skills or deepen what you already know, e.g. nature conservation, corporate responsibility, regional marketing, project management, personal initiative, teamwork, and presentation techniques,
– You get support in the development and implementation of a small project in the “own” biosphere reserve and
– You get the chance to present your ideas and demands for the future of biosphere reserves.

Check the official Website and ensure your place! you still have time!

Contact EUROPARC Germany eV. Anne Schierenberg and Stephanie Schubert. Pfalzburger Str. 43/44 10717 Berlin. 

E-Mail: anne.schierenberg @ , stephanie.schubert @

Tel.: +49 30 2 88 7 88 2 -15 or -13 (-0)