Story | 19 Jul, 2021

Workshop for young champions for nature and forests at World Conservation Congress

Ahead of the World Conservation Congress 2021, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and) are organizing a three-day workshop from 6 to 9 September 2021 in Marseille, France for 25 selected young people (age 18 to 25) who want to speak out about some of the world’s most pressing environmental and development challenges.

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Call for young champions for Nature and Forest

Photo: FAO

Do you have a passion to change the world? Do you care about nature and forests? Do you want to become part of a generation of  influencers?

Guided by an advertising and communications expert from the award-winning M&C Saatchi Group and international representatives from the Regional Forest Communicators Networks, you will learn how to communicate persuasively about topics such as climate change, biodiversity and ecological restoration, with a special emphasis on the vital role of the world’s forests. You will get hands-on training on how to craft powerful messages to resonate with policy makers, the media, the public and, most importantly, other young people.

By the end of the workshop, you will be equipped to address a wide variety of audiences and be ready to speak about forests and nature at public events. You will also become a member of the Regional Forest Communicators Networks, and will be encouraged to speak at events in your region and create a buzz for major forest-related events such as the International Day of Forests and the XV World Forestry Congress. 

Travel and accommodation costs to attend the workshop will be provided for all selected champions.

Who can apply?

If you are between 18 and 25 years old, have a demonstrated interest in forests, environmental and development challenges, and want to make yourself heard, we are looking for you! We welcome applications from young champions from all regions of the world, providing you are able to travel to France under current COVID-19 restrictions. We also welcome applications from young people from other regions who may already be working or studying in France or elsewhere in Europe. You will also need a good standard of written and spoken English to take part in the workshop.


Please film a 90-second video of yourself telling us:

  • who you are, where you’re from, your age, and what you do,
  • why you are passionate about nature and forests,
  • how you use social media, and how many followers you have, and
  • how you want to use the skills you will learn in the workshop to make a difference to the world.

Send the video to

The deadline for videos is 25 July 2021. EXTENDED to 14th August.