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"We lose the fight against climate change if we don’t include nature."
- Vanessa Nakate, Ugandan climate activist
Highlights
YOU(TH) CAN RESTORE AFRICA’S DRYLANDS, ACCELERATE ACTION ON THE GROUND!
💡 Did you know? By 2030, the youth population in Africa could reach 1.3 billion. Young people are not only one of the largest demographics in Africa, but also bring the greatest enthusiasm, creativity and potential to innovation and restoration.

On 2-3 June 2021, GLF will host a digital conference focused entirely on restoring Africa’s drylands, which stretch over two-thirds of the continent’s land area and are home to around 45% of its population – and they’re particularly vulnerable to degradation and climate change.

Earlybird tickets close at the end of April, so don’t delay – and remember tickets are free (!) for all residents of Africa.

WHAT IS GLF AFRICA?   GET TICKET
VOLUNTEER SPOTS OPEN FOR GLF AFRICA 2021, APPLY NOW
🌍 Catch the most inspiring quotes; note down the most innovative solutions; moderate a chat box full of experts, practitioners, activists or even interview people on air – pick your favorite task and be part of the team making GLF Africa happen!
APPLY NOW
JOIN THE SOCIAL MEDIA CHALLENGE
📹 Working on a dryland's restoration project in Africa? Your work could be shared with millions of people on social media and 5,000+ at the GLF Africa Digital Conference on 2-3 June! How? Take the world on a virtual tour to your restoration project site. Record a 1- to 2-minute video about your drylands project.

For inspiration, check out Ghanaian eco-entrepreneur and member of YIL social media team Hyginus Laari’s example by clicking his image above.

LEARN MORE
TAKE THIS 15-MINUTE SURVEY TO PREVENT AND HALT ECOSYSTEM DEGRADATION
Photo by USGS, Unsplash
🌳 We must strengthen the capacities of those who are restoring landscapes, and design tools and platforms to inspire younger generations to join the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Take this survey (available in seven languages) and help identify the strengths, gaps, needs and barriers for achieving our global goals and empowering the next #GenerationRestoration.
TAKE SURVEY
MEET 16 WOMEN AT THE CUTTING-EDGE OF GLOBAL EFFORTS TO RESTORE THE EARTH
🌱 From the cloud forests of Africa to Asian stock markets and major exhibition halls, women environmental activists are leading the way on restoration, biodiversity and climate change. They’re also showing you don’t need decades of experience to make a difference – five of them are under 35!
READ THEIR STORIES   WATCH THE 5 UNDER 35 VIDEO
INTRODUCING THE 2021 GLF SOCIAL MEDIA AMBASSADORS
📱 Communication channels like social media are more important than ever for helping us to connect, inspire and educate each other. That’s where the 2021 GLF Social Media Ambassadors come in – a group of young volunteers from across the globe, who use their own social media channels to spark meaningful conversations addressing environmental, social and health challenges.
MEET THEM HERE
SAVE THE ARAL SEA
Photo by Plutogno, Flickr
🌊 Did you know that the Aral Sea in Central Asia, once the world’s fourth-largest inland body of water, is now disappearing? Join us for Challenge Week live from 5-9 April 2021 and listen in as 24 teams go head-to-head to present their disruptive solutions to save the Aral Sea.
REGISTER HERE
GAME-CHANGING EVENTS ARE ON THE HORIZON - AFRICA, AMAZON, CLIMATE AND FINANCE
Photo by Conscious Design, Unsplash
📅 Big events are on the horizon this year, including GLF Africa: Restoring Africa’s Drylands (2-3 June); GLF Amazon: The Tipping Point - Solutions from the Inside Out (September); and GLF Climate: Food, Forests and Finance alonsige COP 26 (including the GLF 5th Investment Case).

On 29 April, join a GLF digital forum on forest landscape restoration hosted by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) and the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR). Stay tuned for more information!

INTRODUCING THE NEW YIL INTERNS: JUNE AND EMMA
“Hello! My name is June Jerop Kimaiyo, and I am from Kenya. I am currently studying for an MSc in environmental engineering and management, and am a volunteer at the GLFx Nairobi Chapter as the Monitoring and Evaluation Lead. Outside school and work, I enjoy gardening, reading novels and fitness. I am very excited to work with YIL.”
“Hi! My name is Emma and I am currently based in Milan. I have a background in political science, but I more recently delved into climate justice, sustainability, gender and forestry during my Master’s in Development Practice. I am very passionate about translating difficult concepts into something creative and easily accessible. I am very happy to be working with all of you, and I am excited to be collaborating with you on the amazing events in store this year.”
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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES
GLF Partner Engagement Consultant - GLF 31 March
#SumItUp Competition - #Youth4ClimateLive 31 March
Networking and Communications Coordinator - Global Crop Diversity Trust 9 April
Project Development Coordinator - Global Crop Diversity Trust 9 April
Save the date! GLF Digital Forum on forest landscape restoration (FLR), hosted jointly by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) and the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR) 29 April
Municipal Internship Program - Onix-Intercambio Cultural Foundation Rolling
Sign this petition to promote climate literacy initiatives - EARTHDAY.ORG Rolling
Storytelling Campaign - Youth 4 Nature Rolling
Find a community, especially now: Has lockdown presented new challenges for you? You’re not the only one. In fact, the social restrictions of the pandemic are having a negative impact on people, according to recent research.

If you’re missing your community right now, why not join ours? Meet amazing, inspiring planet-loving people from all over the world by applying for the GLF Volunteer Program or by joining GLFx. Our global team is ready to start working with you. Talk soon!

Anna Bucci
Youth Coordinator
Global Landscapes Forum
The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is the world’s largest knowledge-led platform on integrated land use, dedicated to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Climate Agreement. The Forum takes a holistic approach to create sustainable landscapes that are productive, prosperous, equitable and resilient and considers five cohesive themes of food and livelihoods, landscape restoration, rights, finance and measuring progress. It is led by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), in collaboration with its co-founders UNEP and the World Bank and Charter Members.

Charter Members: CIRAD, CIFOR, Climate Focus, Conservation International, Ecoagriculture Partners, The European Forest Institute, Evergreen Agriculture, FSC, GEF, GIZ, IPMG, CIAT, ICIMOD, IFOAM - Organics International, ILRI, INBAR, IUFRO, Rainforest Alliance, Rare, Rights and Resources Initiative, SAN, The Crop Trust, UNEP, Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation part of Wageningen Research, World Agroforestry, World Farmers' Organisation, World Resources Institute, WWF International, Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL), World Bank Group.
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