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MAB youth forum 2017 in Italy

2017 MAB youth forumThe Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) invites applications for the MAB Youth Forum to be held at the Po Biosphere Reserve in Italy, September 2017.

The secretariat of the MAB Programme and the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe are proud to announce the organization of the 2017 MAB YOUTH FORUM – committed to sustainable Development, to be held in the Po Delta Biosphere Reserve, Italy, on 18‐23 September 2017.


Young people are the future of Biosphere reserves and must be given a voice in shaping their territory and defining their engagement in the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of UNESCO. The MAB Secretariat considers, therefore, the need to offer, in collaboration with the Regional Bureau located in Venice, an opportunity for young people who care about the special territories in which they live in to become active in the MAB Programme and to contribute to the sustainable development of their communities, in line with the Lima Action Plan. This initiative, announced for the first time during the 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves in Lima, Peru, has been welcomed by a standing ovation! 


The Forum is addressed to youth aged between 18 and 35, who live or work in Biosphere Reserves, or who study or conduct research in these areas. The participants will be nominated by their respective Biosphere Reserve managers/coordinators, and supported by their MAB National Committees.

The organizers will promote a gender parity in the Forum participation and, considering the 3 main thematic areas of the Forum, the following 3 main categories of participants should be also equally represented:
  1. Youth active in the civil society (associations) of their territory;
  2. Youth dedicating their studies/research to their territory;
  3. Youth earning their livelihood within the Biosphere Reserve. A good knowledge of English is required, since it will be the lingua franca of all activities of the Forum.


Participants will have to fill out the application form at the link here.
They must attach a motivation letter and a letter of recommendation/ support from their Biosphere Reserve.

Picture credit: Myforum2017

For more details visit the link here on the myforum2017 website.