Our pillars of action are:
- Youth Capacity-building and Empowerment
- Policy advocacy
- Strategic Partnerships to raise youth voices.
- Marine Action
Youth Capacity-building and Empowerment
We build the capacity of young people to be environmental leaders, foster an in-depth understanding of conservation, and enhance stewardship of natural resources. Our climate-smart farming initiative seeks to train young people on best practices that can minimize agriculture-induced climate change while earning them a livelihood.
Our annual #OceanInnovationChallenge aims at bringing forth creative business youth initiatives in the blue economy sector for further scaling, collaboration spaces, and training on impact maximization.
We have organized youth consultation workshops especially on the Post-2020 global biodiversity framework, COP (Conference of Parties) simulation training, and advocacy on mainstreaming conservation in various topics of utmost concern such as gender, human rights, indigenous knowledge, agriculture, and inter-generational equity. This has increased the understanding of youth on how to add their input in policy processes, advocate for change, and review/analyze policy documents. Our members have actively contributed in reviewing and analyzing Kenya’s National Wildlife Strategy 2030, Kenya’s Traditional Knowledge (TK), Access and Benefit Sharing of Natural Resources Workplan, Nairobi National Park Strategic Plan, National Biodiversity Strategic Action Plan (NBSAP), Kenya Forest Service Strategic Plan, and the UN CBD Global Biodiversity Framework. We have also sent youth delegations to represent Kenyan youth in several environmental policy meetings, where they helped in delivering youth interventions before high-level decision-makers and organize side events to create awareness and advocate for sustainable conservation policies. Since Some of the meetings include the 3rd Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 3) in Nairobi (2017), African Youth Capacity-building workshops (2018), CBD COP 14 in Sharm El Sheikh Egypt (2018), IPBES meeting in Paris, France (2019), African Youth for Nature Conference (2019), Nature of Cities Summit in Paris, AfriTAP Meeting in Abuja, Nigeria (2019), France (2019), UN FAO Symposium on Non-Conventional Waters in Madrid, Spain (2019), CBD 1st Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework in Nairobi (2019).
Strategic Partnerships to raise youth voices.
We believe in uniting youth across Africa and the world towards a common goal. This is why we have always worked closely with other organizations, local and national governments, the corporate sector, and supporters to raise the voices of young people and promote the participation of young people in various frameworks.
Through our annual World Oceans Day caravan, we seek to mobilize young people to share knowledge and raise awareness on the need to conserve our marine resources and push for effective related polices. We cover over 500KMs by road from Nairobi to Watamu, interacting with local communities to teach them on the relationship between marine and terrestrial habitats and the need to conserve them. We also hold youth workshops on micro-plastics and basic recycling of home plastic waste that would otherwise end up in the ocean. The event also entails a beach cleanup in partnership with local government, recycling companies, and the general community.
We share knowledge and raise awareness on the values of biodiversity and connect the members to build a dedicated movement of youth in Kenya.