Join the GCBR’s MAB Youth Forum

Mar 18, 2024 | General News

What is the MAB Youth Forum?

The MAB Youth Forum is an initiative by UNESCO that aims to empower young men and women, enabling them to get involved in decision-making processes and undertake actions that promote peace and sustainable development locally and globally. The forum is for young individuals aged between 14 and 35 who reside or work within a biosphere reserve and want to participate in voluntary activities and network with people.

Opportunities within the MAB Youth Forum

Membership in the MAB Youth Forum offers a platform to participate in events and campaigns that promote human-environment interactions. These include environmental education activities such as beach clean-up events and environmental educational projects that serve to protect and preserve natural habitats and raise awareness about environmental conservation.

Past and future activities

Some activities that involved the youth in the past year included the following:

  • An upcycling art workshop with Magpie
  • A woodwork workshop in collaboration with the Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve
  • An introduction to digital marketing
  • Up-and-coming skills development workshops, including a two-day workshop in Montagu to learn about indigenous plants’ traditional and medicinal uses
  • A workshop hosted by a game ranger, including a game drive
  • A workshop on marine conservation and upcycling

Become an advocate of peace and sustainability

Are you passionate about protecting our planet and eager to make a difference? The GCBR MAB Youth Forum is your gateway to participating actively in the global movement towards sustainable development and environmental conservation. This is more than just a forum; it’s a community of young leaders, innovators, and environmental advocates committed to fostering peace and sustainability within the biosphere reserve and beyond.

Why join us?

Engage in meaningful projects:

Your work will contribute to a sustainable future, from beach clean-ups to workshops on indigenous plants and digital marketing for environmental causes.

Learn and grow:

Gain invaluable skills and knowledge through hands-on workshops led by experts and apply what you learn in real-world scenarios.

Connect with like-minded peers:

Network with a community of youth who share your passion for the environment and sustainable development, creating friendships and collaborations that last a lifetime.

Be a leader:

As a committee member, you’ll have the unique opportunity to lead initiatives that protect, preserve, and celebrate the environment and drive sustainable development.

This is your chance to stand up, be heard, and play a pivotal role in the environmental movement. Your actions today will shape our world tomorrow. Whether you’re looking to learn, lead, or lend a hand, there’s a place for you in the GCBR MAB Youth Forum.

Who can join?

Anyone who lives within the GCBR region.

Anyone between the ages of 14 and 35.

Ready to make a difference? Email Leila and join our WhatsApp group to get started.

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