Under the banner of Generation Restoration, the Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL) and the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) are launching the third edition of the Restoration Stewards program to support and highlight the work of young restoration practitioners and their teams, who represent the next group of ‘Restoration Stewards’.
The year-long program provides funding, mentorship, and training to deepen the impact of youth-led restoration projects.
During the program, the Restoration Stewards and their teams are supported to further develop their project and become ambassadors at both global and local levels. Globally, the Restoration Stewards share their journey in a series of vlogs and blogs documenting their stories of inspiration and challenges. Locally, they commit to spark a restoration movement, creating pathways to connect, share, learn, and act for more sustainable landscapes.
The Restoration Stewards program supports young restoration professionals and their teams to further develop their restoration projects and raise awareness among their local communities about the importance of ecosystem restoration and healthy landscapes.
They receive a grant of EUR 5,000 to develop their restoration project.
What’s in it for the Stewards?
- The Restoration Stewards receive support from experts to take the project to the next level, as well as opportunities for professional development.
- In collaboration with the GLF and its partner organizations, set up project-specific targets to be reached by the end of the contract
- Seek and carry out training activities to improve understanding of the landscape approach, and about the relevant ecosystem
- Run a minimum of two events to engage their local community
- Coordinate with the GLF team for active social media engagement
- Create stories on the progress made in the project.
- Meet with the GLF team and the assigned mentor on a regular basis to discuss the project’s progress
- They will consider applications from anyone between the age of 18 and 35 years old who has initiated a restoration project in any of the following ecosystems: forest, mountains, oceans, peatlands/wetlands, drylands/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 the country in which the restoration project operates;
- 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; you can also build on any activities you are already running.
For more information, visit https://stewards.globallandscapesforum.org/about/