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January, 2016

Call for candidates for the 2nd Chair CEM Young Professional Award, 2016: Deadline approaching



Please find attached a call for candidates for the CEM Young Professional Award which will be presented to the successful candidate during the IUCN Congress to be held in Hawai'i in September 2016. Last Date to submit your nominations is February 10th, 2016.

Note that all nominations should be sent to Dr Said Damhoureyeh (said@ju.edu.jo) with copy to Dominique Noome (dominiquenoome@gmail.com). All questions concerning the award should also be sent to them.
More Details Here:


October 2015 - Celebrating the workshop proposals related to youth engagement and IPS submitted to the World Conservation Congress
In total, 17 youth related proposals and 3 IPS related proposals were submitted for WCC, to be held in Hawai'i in September 2016. These 20 proposals had 'youth,' young,' 'children' and/or 'intergenerational' in their titles. Many others, of course, were submitted by or in collaboration with young people and elders. A great success indeed!

If you know of further proposals that could potentially become part of Youth Engagement and IPS Stream at the Congress, please let us know.

IPS Related Proposals
1086 Action Planning for 2017-2020: Youth Engagement and Intergenerational Partnership within and through the IUCN Workshop Submitted
1288 The Intergenerational Roadmap to Marine Conservation: catalysing innovative multi-stakeholder solutions for a marine planet at the crossroads Knowledge Café Submitted
2178 Helping Nature to Regenerate and Heal: Exploring an Intergenerational Approach to Nature-Based Solutions Workshop Submitted

Youth Related Proposals
1009 Youth Engagement for Forest and Tiger Conservation Workshop Submitted
1040 Listen to Young Voices: Engaging Pacific Youth as Future Environmental and Cultural Leaders and Communicators through Creative Expression Workshop Submitted
1054 Global Schools for Local Action: Helping Youth Shape Nature’s Solution to Global Challenges Poster Submitted
1086 Action Planning for 2017-2020: Youth Engagement and Intergenerational Partnership within and through the IUCN Workshop Submitted
1186 Activating Communities around a Conservation Agenda for Youth Conservation Campus Draft
1244 A call for an Informed and Involved Youth for Environmental Development Poster Submitted
1395 Planet at a crossroads- empowering youth to create positive change Conservation Campus Submitted
1443 Youth’s Call for the Balance Between Environmental Conservation and Development Poster Submitted
1571 Indigenous youth, future leaders Knowledge Café Draft
1763 Connecting youth to Wildlife Conservation through Wildlife Summer Camp Poster Submitted
1838 On-line best practices tool kit for enabling youth to experience and connect with nature Workshop Submitted
1932 (Forestry Education + Youth in Landscapes Approach) The Role of Forestry Education in Overcoming Landscape Challenges in a Post-2015 World Knowledge Café Draft
2086 Connecting Urban Youth through "Discover the Forest" & "Love. Not Loss." Workshop Submitted
2119 School based Climate Literacy Projects inspiring the Urban and Rural Youth to Live in Harmony with Nature Poster Submitted
2287 Best Practices for Youth Engagement: Translating Personal Experience to Digital Storytelling Knowledge Café Submitted
2375 Youth Feminists in Dialogue: Visions for Justice Centered Alternatives in Climate and Conservation to the UNFCCC Knowledge Café Submitted
2438 engaging diverse urban youth in conservation Workshop Submitted

Soon, we will supplement this list with the organizations that partnered to submit each proposal. Furthermore, many IPS Task Force members and young professionals across Commissions have volunteered at Technical Reviewers of proposals, supporting the IUCN Secretariat in their difficult selection process. Watch this space for more news!

July 2015 - The IUCN Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability: Working now for youth engagement and collaboration across generations at the World Conservation Congress 2016

The IUCN Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership (IPS) presented two strategic documents at the last two Council meetings in November 2014 and May 2015 which have laid the foundation for the work that the IPS Co-Conveners and Members are undertaking leading up to the World Conservation Congress in Hawai’i in 2016.

The “Strategy for Youth Engagement and Intergenerational Partnership for 2014-2018” specifically requested a response from the Council on the following actions:

• Appointing an IPS Task Force Liaison in the Secretariat;
• Designating an IPS Task Force Liaison in the Council;
• Establishing the Intergenerational Fund; and
• Establishing the Intergenerational Award.

In response, the Secretariat has appointed Francisco Wulff, new CEC focal point, as the IPS Task Force Liaison in the Secretariat. The IUCN Council then nominated Nancy Colleton and Michael Hozek as the IPS Task Force Liaisons in the Council. The IPS Co-Conveners officially met with the Secretariat and Council Liaisons in June to discuss strategy, fundraising and next steps. There is a shared and palpable desire among the Liaisons and Co-Conveners to make a big impact for youth empowerment and intergenerational collaboration at the next Congress.

The IUCN is also supporting the work of the IPS towards the Congress in other ways. In April 2015, the Secretariat invited IPS Co-Conveners to develop a “Strategy for mainstreaming intergenerational dialogue and young leader empowerment at the 2016 World Conservation Congress.” Based on the Mainstreaming Strategy, we successfully:

• Integrated youth engagement and IPS criteria and support in the Call for Contributions for the 560 Congress events;
• Secured an arc of three IPS workshops that will be delivered at the Congress; and
• Obtained a reduction in youth registration fees for the Congress.

Furthermore, two IPS Co-Conveners, Dominic Stucker and Grace Mwaura, have been invited to join the Congress Executive Committee starting in July.

We are also pleased to report that we had the pleasure in March of welcoming Shalini Dhyani and Archi Rastogi as new IPS Co-Conveners, selected from a pool of 17 diverse and highly qualified candidates from all around the world.

In the autumn, we plan to make a call to people of all ages to join the IPS Task Force and participate in one of our Congress-related Working Groups. Learn more about our efforts here: http://intergenerationalpartnership.wikispaces.com/News

IPS Task Force Co-Conveners
Catie Burlando, Italy, CEESP
Shalini Dhyani, CEM
Rebecca Koss, Australia, WCPA
Grace Mwaura, Kenya, CEC
Archi Rastogi, WCPA
Dominic Stucker, Germany, CEC
Melanie Zurba, Canada, CEESP

June 2015 - The Call for Contributions to the World Conservation Congress has been released
The Call for Contributions can be accessed here. The deadline is October 2015.

May 2015 - Call for Contributions to the CEESP journal Policy Matters
IUCN-CEESP is planning to devote an entire issue of its flagship Policy Matters journal to the vision of the 'New Social Compact', a movement that sought to galvanize diverse stakeholders to collectively commit to a new conservation ethic at the IUCN 2014 World Parks Congress in Sydney and beyond. The full Call for Contributions is available here. Abstracts (in English, Spanish or French) of no more than 300 words should be submitted to Catie Burlando and Caroline Seagle (WPCSocialCompact@gmail.com) no later than June 15th, 2015. Full submissions will be expected by November 15, 2015.

April 2015
The Strategy for mainstreaming intergenerational dialogue and young leader empowerment at the 2016 World Conservation Congress has been submitted to Council.

March 2015 - Welcoming New IPS Task Force Co-Conveners!
It is with great pleasure that we announce the addition of two new Co-Conveners to the current 4-person team!

Outstanding, Diverse Applicants
We are especially happy with the sixteen outstanding applicants and have invited all of them to become more involved in IPS Task Force activities. The seven female and nine male applicants ranged in age from 23 to 70 with an average of 34 years. They represented the following countries:
  • Africa: Benin, Egypt, Ethiopia, Liberia, Zambia
  • Asia: Bangladesh, India, Japan
  • Europe: Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal
  • Latin America: Colombia
  • North America: Canada, United States
  • Oceania: Australia

Applicants from the public, private and civil society sectors included young and retired development practitioners; students of international relations, law and conservation; a professor of sociology; activists focused on local environmental issues and human rights; a journalist; and a protected areas manager. Half of the applicants were already IUCN Commission members, while the others were relatively new to the Union.

Two Selected as New Co-Conveners
We welcome Shalini Dhyani of India and Archi Rastogi of Canada / India as our two new Co-Conveners. Both possess the wide-ranging competencies we were seeking and have demonstrated their commitment and enthusiasm for our approach to youth engagement and intergenerational partnership, for example through their recent involvement in the World Parks Congress in Australia. Furthermore, Shalini and Archi compliment our current constellation of Co-Conveners by reinforcing links to the Commission on Ecosystems Management (CEM; through Shalini) and to the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA; through Archi). We had no Co-Conveners from Asia and welcome Shalini and Archi’s networks and contacts in India and beyond.

Shalini Dhyani works from India works in National Environmental Engineering Research Institute as a Scientist. She is an ecologist and Co-Lead for revamped Youth Professional Team of IUCN CEM; YLT member of CEESP (TILCEPA) and Core Committee member of CEM South Asia.

Archi Rastogi is currently a postdoctoral scholar at University of Waterloo, Canada. He was the communications coordinator for stream 6 at the World Parks Congress, 2014. Archi has earlier worked as a journalist, consultant, and academic specializing in social dimensions of biodiversity conservation. He has a PhD degree in Natural Resource Sciences, a Masters degree in Environment Management and a Bachelors degree in Biology.

Shalini and Archi have committed to serve as Co-Conveners for two years, with a special focus on intergenerational projects related to the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, USA in late 2016. Welcome to you both!

Current IPS Task Force Co-Conveners
Catie Burlando, Italy, CEESP
Rebecca Koss, Australia, WCPA
Grace Mwaura, Kenya, CEC
Melanie Zurba, Canada, CEESP
Dominic Stucker, Germany, CEC (advisor)

January 2015
Call for New Co-Convener of IUCN Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership
The IPS Task Force is seeking a fifth Co-Convener to join our team in preparations for the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, US. We welcome all interested members to apply! See the details in this call.
THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FEBURARY 16, 2015

We are grateful to Eduardo Jr. Arenas Hernandez of Mexico for his contributions as Co-Convener to youth engagement and IPS since the Jeju World Conservation Congress in 2012. We wish him well in his PhD studies at the University of Chicago and look forward to our paths crossing again!

IISD Article by Rebecca Koss on Empowering Young People for Protected Areas Management
Rebecca Koss, a Co-Convener of the IUCN Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability from Australia, recently published this article on intergenerational leadership for protected areas management. Titled "Empowering Inspired Young Conservation Leaders: Answering a Call," the article builds on Nelson Mandela's call for greater youth involvement in protected areas and references "Our Pact for Parks, People and Planet," developed at the IUCN World Parks Congress in November 2014.

December 2014
iAct Webinar on 'Our Pact for Parks, People and Planet'
After careful consultation with organizers, we have decided to re-schedule our final WPC iAct Webinar for 29 January 2015 at 7am UTC. Looking forward to seeing you there! Learn more here.

November 2014
iAct Hybrid Event on 14 Nov at 23:00 UTC
We encourage you to participate in the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 iAct Dialogues for Sustainability series - youth to elders are all welcome! The next webinar is a hybrid event on 14 Nov at 23:00 UTC that is integrated with the in-person workshop on "Intergenerational Dialogue for Protected Areas Management" taking place in Sydney. This event offers those who can't attend the Congress a unique glimpse at the action. See the full agenda, plus presenter and facilitator bios here:



The iAct Dialogues are interactive, global webinars that inspire intergenerational discussion and collaboration on sustainable planetary futures.

Link to live webinars: www.tinyurl.com/iActWebinar
Link to English flyer: www.tinyurl.com/iActFlyer

These webinars are made possible through a GEF grant (secured through the WCPA Young Professionals) and in-kind support from the iAct Working Group. Webinars are organized by Sustainability Leaders Network, Earth Charter International and the IUCN Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability.

Young Professionals at the World Parks Congress
...are doing an fantastic job presenting their amazing change stories, inspiring seniors, getting empowered through a variety of events and activities, and overall, having fun. To know what is happening when, follow these hashtags and links:

Facebook: Inspiring a New Generation
Twitter handle: Always mention @WPCING
Twitter Hashtags: #WPCNEW #NOWALLSOUTHERE #NOWALLS

Intergenerational Learning book cover.jpgBook on "Intergenerational Learning and Transformative Leadership for Sustainable Futures" to be Launched
CEC members Dominic Stucker, Grace Mwaura and Frits Hesselink contributed a chapter on "Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability: Case Studies from the IUCN" to this volume edited by Peter Blaze Corcoran and Brandon Hollingshead and published by Wageningen Academic Publishers. Eighty-two authors from 26 countries contributed chapters to the book, which will be launched at the World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development in Nagoya, Japan on 12 November 2014. Learn more and order your book.








October 2014
IUCN WPC iAct Dialogues Webinar Series 2014 Flyer Image.jpgiAct Webinar on the New Social Compact: Speakers and Discussion Questions Confirmed!
We encourage you to participate in the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 iAct Dialogues for Sustainability series - youth to elders are all welcome! The iAct Dialogues are interactive, global webinars that inspire intergenerational discussion and collaboration on sustainable planetary futures. Events are being held 16 Oct, 14/15 Nov and 11 Dec 2014. The 16 October webinar is at 14:00 UTC.

These webinars are made possible through a grant secured by WCPA Young Professionals from IUCN/UNDP/GEF, as well as the committed volunteer efforts of the iAct Working Group. Webinars are organized by Sustainability Leaders Network, Earth Charter International and the IUCN Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability.

Link to live webinars: www.tinyurl.com/iActWebinar
High resolution flyer: www.tinyurl.com/iActFlyer
Join our iAct Facebook Group: www.tinyurl.com/iActFacebook

We are delighted to have Nigel Crawhall and Meher Noshirwani as speakers for our webinar. Leaders of the New Social Compact movement, they will orient us to the New Social Compact as a document and process. See their bios here:

Nigel Crawhall is Director of the Secretariat for the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee. Co-Chair of the IUCN Theme on Indigenous Peoples, Local Communities, Equity and Protected Areas. Nigel holds a BA (Honors) in Political Science from McGill University, an MPhil from the University of Zimbabwe and a PhD in Historical Socio-linguistics of endangered !Ui languages from the University of Cape Town. He has worked as a consulting advisor to UNESCO on cultural policies, intercultural dialogue, education for sustainable development and cultural landscape mapping and training. He is currently serving as part of the international liaison team between faith-based civil society and the UNFCCC on climate advocacy issues.

Meher Noshirwani holds an MA Sociology from the University of Essex, UK. As a Sociologist, she has worked in the field of women, development and environment since 1985. She is currently working as a Consultant and Researcher on gender and environment issues and is also the Technical Advisor to the Trust for Conservation of Coastal Resources. She is also the Regional Vice Chair Asia for the Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) IUCN. Other responsibilities include; Board Member of Hisaar Foundation, a foundation for water, food and livelihood security; and Member of the Executive Committee of the Pakistan National Committee, IUCN Pakistan. She also teaches as Adjunct Faculty for the Liberal Arts Programme at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture Karachi.

After a presentation from Nigel and Meher, we will engage in interactive discussion groups to make our own contributions to the process. Groups are organized according to three of the IUCN World Parks Congress Streams: Stream 2 on Climate Change, Stream 5 on Extractive Industries and Development and Stream 6 on Governance, Diversity and Rights. Open this document to get an overview of the event and to view discussion questions:



Who Is Inspiring A New Generation?
Over the last month, Crista Valentino (CoalitionWILD), Ashley Mittion (No Walls), and Tom Weiricoch (Young Peoples Media Coalition) have been gathering young peoples’ biographies and have launched the “Who Is Inspiring A New Generation?” site! The site is an interactive map that highlights over 70 youth who are protecting parks, people, and planet.

Also, CoalitionWILD has chosen 10 exceptional youth who will be highlighted leading up to the Congress. A new young person will be featured every Wednesday and Saturday.

We need your help in sharing these stories and ask you post the easy to use interactive map over your social media channels. In addition, keep checking back to the projects page, as CoalitionWILD will be highlighting a new project every few days. Also please feel free to upload your story and biography. Lets increase the number of pins across this map!

Who Is Inspiring A New Generation Interactive Map - http://coalitionwild.org/world-parks-congress/
Young People At The World Parks Congress - http://coalitionwild.org/projects/young-people-world-parks-congress/

IPS Strategy submitted for IUCN Council Review
The Strategy for Youth Engagement and Intergenerational Partnership for 2014-2018 was submitted to the Director-General Julia Marton-Lefèvre and will be reviewed by the IUCN Council in November. Specific requests developed in the Strategy include:
  1. Appointing an IPS Task Force liaison person in the Secretariat;
  2. Designating an IPS Task Force liaison person in the Council;
  3. Establishing the Intergenerational Fund;
  4. Establishing the Young Campion’s Award.



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The Commission on Ecosystems Management has awarded its first CEM Chair's Young Professional Award to IPS Task Force member Shalini Dhyani from India. She will be participating in the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, where she will present her work on 14 November in one of CEM's Nature Pavillion events; Shalini Dhyani Introduction CEM - Young Professional Award (Nature Pavillion) 15:30-17:00.
. Learn more here.

September 2014
iAct Dialogues for Sustainabilty: IUCN World Parks Congress Series
The iAct Working Group encourages you to participate in the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 iAct Dialogues for Sustainability series! Youth to elders are all welcome! The iAct Dialogues are interactive, global webinars that inspire intergenerational discussion and collaboration on sustainable planetary futures. Events are being held 16 Oct, 14/15 Nov and 11 Dec 2014.

Find links to live webinars here: www.tinyurl.com/iActWebinar
Find our high resolution flyer here: www.tinyurl.com/iActFlyer
Join our Facebook Group: www.tinyurl.com/iActFacebook

These webinars are made possible through an IUCN/UNDP/GEF grant and lots of in-kind support from the iAct Working Group. Webinars are organized by Sustainability Leaders Network, Earth Charter International and the IUCN Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability.

Please share the flyer through your networks and neighborhood! Looking forward to seeing you online!

Young Professional Sessions at the 2014 World Parks Congress
The lead up to the 2014 Congress has been a buzz of activity for Young Professionals (YPs). This Congress will see the highest level of YP activities and initiatives designed, delivered and facilitated by YPs including (but not limited to):
  • iAct webinars and Intergenerational Dialogues planned and in action.
  • A successful Pushing Boundaries Challenge.
  • A successful call to attend the Pre-Congress YP Capacity Development Workshop.
  • Formalisation of the Young Peoples Social Media Coalition and the increased social media activity associated with YP activities.
  • Initiation of a YP internship framework (to be renamed) that will be included in the Young Peoples Pact for People, Parks and Planet.
  • Inclusion of YPs in all plenary sessions for Stream 8 and to be key messengers for key note speakers.
  • A strong and actioned marine YP cross cutting theme.
  • A busy Congress program of YP sessions.
  • A busy program for the Pre-Congress Capacity Development Workshop.
  • YP Representation at all Stream 8 Executive and Programming meetings.

2014 Congress sessions designed, delivered and facilitated by YPs are listed in the PDF below. If you are attending Congress, please join us for open and shared dialogue. You will meet other dynamic and forward thinking YPs!


August 2014
Pre-World Parks Congress Workshop for Young Professionals
Call for all Young Professionals to submit their application for the 2014 Pre-World Parks Congress Workshop in Australia! Due 19 September. Apply here.

Meeting with IUCN Director General and IPS Task Force Co-Conveners
IUCN Director General hosted an online meeting with the IPS Co-conveners on August 6. The Co-conveners sent IUCN Director General a summary report on the main recent achievements and with specific suggestions on how Resolution 8 could be given effect.



These are the notes from the meeting, outlining the next steps to be completed by the Task Force by September.



July 2014
Formal Recognition of IPS Task Force
Congratulations! The IUCN Council has formally recognized the Task force on Intergenerational partnership for Sustainability (IPS). The Co-conveners have been invited for an on-line meeting with the IUCN Director General and they shall be informing us on how Resolution 008 shall be implemented henceforth. Read the full decision C/83/8 here .


June 2014
New Publications
Two IUCN IPS/CEC Members, Grace Mwaura and Kennedy Liti Mbeva, wrote this thought article for CEC News Blog on the 'Value of Intergenerational Conservation Partnerships'

New publication from one of our members (Melanie Zurba) and a co-author (Micaela Trimble) titled "Youth as the inheritors of collaboration: Crises and the factors that influence the next generation in natural resource management" featured in Environmental Science & Policy (42):78-87.

February 2014
Get Involved in Preparations for the World Parks Congress!
Our World Parks Congress Wikispace page is now up and running. Here you will find out how you can help planning for the "Inspiring New Generation" Stream, connect to other Streams and build intergenerational partnerships!