The Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL) and the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) are launching the fourth edition of the Restoration Stewards program to support and highlight the work of young restoration practitioners and their teams, who will represent the next cohort of Restoration Stewards.
The year-long program will provide funding, mentorship, and training to help young restoration professionals and their teams develop their restoration projects and raise awareness among their local communities about the importance of ecosystem restoration and healthy landscapes.
During the program, the Restoration Stewards and their teams will be supported to further develop their projects and will become ambassadors at both global and local levels. Globally, the Restoration Stewards will share their journeys in a series of vlogs and blogs documenting their stories of inspiration and challenges. Locally, they will spark a restoration movement, creating pathways to connect, share, learn and act for more sustainable landscapes.
- They will consider applications from anyone between the ages of 18 and 35 who has initiated a restoration project in any of the following ecosystems: forest, mountains, oceans, peatlands, wetlands, drylands and rangelands. Applicants must understand and be willing to adhere to and model the GLF vision, pillars and values. They will give priority to projects that are:
- Run by a person or a group of young people who are either local, Indigenous, or nationals of African, Asian, Latin American or Caribbean countries and are running projects in these regions;
- Already in the early development stage and have been running for a minimum of one year.
- Note that you do not necessarily have to create a new project from scratch to be eligible; they invite candidates to build on restoration programs or projects you are already running.
For more information, visit YIL.