Experience Youth at GLF Bonn 2018

1 Dec 2018

They are our future leaders, the ‘next generation,’ the optimistic visionaries disrupting systems to change things their own way; they are the youth who will take the stage at GLF Bonn 2018 to share, provoke and inspire ways to change the world – and change it now. This is your ultimate guide for youth-led and youth-centered activities at GLF Bonn 2018.


9:00-9:30: Landscapes of Power

Location: Action Pavilion (Ground floor)

An exploration of power and its landscaping ability. Thinking about impacts on sustainable forests and biodiversity. A workshop delivered by the Youth in Landscapes Initiative.

9:30-10:00: Food for Thought Not for the Bin

Location: Action Pavilion (Ground floor)

Food waste is an issue that affects everyone, even if you don’t waste food yourself. The loss of food touches everything from land use to climate change to livelihoods. Even if you don’t have the foggiest idea about food waste, join us and get involved because if you eat food, we want to hear from you!

10:30-11:00: Mentor – Mentee Networking

Location: Structured Networking Space (Ground floor)

This session is designed to spark inter-generational dialogue and learning between mentors and mentees participating in the Youth in Landscapes Mentoring Programme.

11:45-12:30: Youth Plenary “Creating Our Shared Future”

On the roster is Lawrence Afere, who’s empowering Nigerian women and changing the country’s food system and Fe Cortez, whose market-savvy company Menos 1 Lixo is inspiring people worldwide to reduce their plastic waste, one utensil at a time.

Celebrate with the Youth in Landscapes Initiative as it signs the first ever Memorandum of Understanding with GLF on-stage at the youth plenary. The signing will mark 5-years of partnership and a commitment to an even brighter, shared future.

12:45-14:00: So you think you’re a landscape leader?

Location: Learning Pavilion

Join us in this exciting launch of the GLF Landscape Academy – an online set of learning resources for landscape leadership, finance, and governance. Get a sneak peek to the Landscape Leadership course by experiencing an instructive workshop.

16:00-17:30: The Future of AFR100, Restoration Opportunities for Young People

Location: New York

This side-event will discuss youth participation in AFR100 and how to enable young people to benefit from implementing FLR in terms of job opportunities and economic perspectives, giving a voice to young people from Africa and linking them to the global restoration agenda.

18:00-19:30: Re-thinking Limitations, Combined efforts to reach the 2030 Agenda 

Location: Addis Abebe

Hear the stories of young people who are disrupting systems to create change and join this interactive discussion forum which challenges you to go outside of the box.


11:00-11:30: Never Thought about Social Entrepreneurship? Think Again. Think Landscape!

Location: Action Pavilion (Ground floor)

Tackling landscape challenges by finding entrepreneurial solutions!

11:30-12:00 YPARD Mentorship Toolkit

Want to support mentoring in landscapes sectors? The new Mentoring Toolkit from YPARD, IFSA, AWARD and GFAR will show you how! This workshop will showcase this new Toolkit and help you identify how mentoring can address your needs through building leadership and sector specific skills and supportive relationships. Want to run a mentoring program? This workshop will also offer tips and tools for how to set up a mentoring program in your organisation, network or at your future event, and show how this Toolkit can help you!

17:45-19:15 Collaborative Leadership and Closing Plenary 

Stellar youth speakers in plenary! Catch Dolores Pavlovic, President of the International Forestry Students’ Association and Koketso Ramoonwa, Youth in Landscapes Initiative Landscape Leadership workshop participant.

The GLF’s focus on youth is one of its defining factors and its partnership with the Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL) has been key. Without empowered young people leading the charge, sustainable development will never be achieved. This is why YIL was launched in 2013 and has since brought together 20,000 young people from across sectors and the globe.

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