The spotlight on youth: Young people as key stakeholders in biosphere reserves and the Man and the Biosphere Programme
Barraclough, Alicia Donnellan
Måren, Ingel Elisabeth
MAB Youth Consortia
MetadataShow full item record
Sustainable development has at his heart the mission to make our planet a life-sustaining place for future generations. Young stakeholders are key to sustainability transformations, both as active participants that push them forward but also as actors vulnerable to being left behind. As testing sites for sustainable development, Biosphere Reserves (BRs) are home to millions of young people in over 124 countries. Very little research or knowledge exists on how young people experience living in BRs, how they contribute towards BRs’ goals, or how they see BRs moving forward under global change. To increase young stakeholder’s visibility and inclusion in the MAB programme, UNESCO-MAB has organized two MAB Youth Forums attended by over 300 youth, one in Italy in 2017 and one in China in 2019. Here we present a short commentary on what we believe were the main take-away’s generated during these events and the research that followed them. Firstly, we present a research note of the first global-level study on young stakeholder’s perspectives of BR implementation, discussing a thematic analysis of the results generated during the MAB-Youth Forum workshops and surveys. Secondly, we present an overview of the “MAB Youth Declaration”, a collaborative text which was generated over the course of four days and which distils the main messages young people living in BRs wish to convey to the MAB community and beyond. Our paper highlights the important role young stakeholders play in BRs, whose understandings reflect the social, economic and ecological complexity in which BRs are embedded. Their concerns span a diversity of topics, from the relevance of fair conservation practices and respect for biocultural diversity, to the importance of sustainable livelihood opportunities and fair youth representation in decisionmaking bodies. Thus, we highlight research findings on the need to increase young stakeholder integration and participation within environmental governance. Finally, we urge the BR research community to practice youth-inclusive research that helps generate knowledge to support evidence-based decision making in BRs.
Identifier (Other)DOI: 10.25316/IR-15907
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
The periodic review reports of the biosphere reserves of the MaB Programme. Case study: Biosphere Reserve Sierras de Cazorla, Segura and las Villas Castaño-Quintero, Paula A.; Gil-Cerezo, M. Victoria; Galán-Soldevilla, Carmen; Domínguez-Vilches, Eugenio (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2017-08)Biosphere Reserves are areas of territory recognized for their environmental and social particularities which belong to UNESCO's "Man and Biosphere" Programme. Every 10 years, the responsible agency for the management of ...
Lickers, Michael (2016-07-18)This Indigenous methodology (IM) and participatory action research (PAR) explored the methodologies and principles of Indigenous youth leadership (IYL). Some Indigenous researchers studying leadership and Indigenous ...
Youth civic engagement through digital mediums : in what ways do social networks sustain youth civic interest, activity and participation? English, Dayton (2012-10-22)Initially digital communication was used primarily as a digital advertisement. Digital communication has matured and serves a valuable role for politicians and governments alike, through such campaigns as Calgary Mayor ...