Young people are emerging as the vanguard of a growing movement to restore degraded landscapes in Africa. With a median age of 19.7 years, Africa’s diverse population is much younger than that of any other continent in the world. These unique demographics offer a significant advantage in the drive to revive its ecosystems and safeguard people’s livelihoods.
In June 2021, the Global Landscapes Forum is hosting the first-ever conference focused entirely on African drylands. GLF Africa: Restoring Africa’s Drylands will address the urgent need to rapidly increase and improve efforts to restore the world’s drylands, almost half of which are located in Africa.
This conference will serve as the perfect forum for young people to connect with each other, share their work and network with other organizations. They will also have the opportunity to create new partnerships, while exploring ways to get involved in restoration activities and to bring positive change to landscapes on the African continent. What’s more, 50 young people have been paired with a mentor to receive guidance on their career and to create a supportive connection that will last beyond the conference.
At least 70 percent of the conference’s registered participants are students and young professionals aged from 18 to 35 years, with more than 3000 individuals from 90 countries having already signed up. This reflects the eagerness of young Africans to take action and drive change on land restoration activities.
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Author: Global Landscapes Forum (GLF)
Publisher: Global Landscapes Forum (GLF)
Keyword(s): Africa, climate change, decarbonisation, drylands, employment, innovation, knowledge sharing, livelihoods, sustainable development, UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, youth
Ecosystem(s): Drylands and Rangelands