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[Webinar] Empowering Mediterranean Youth to Strengthen the Governance of Ecosystems

  • Starts: Apr 06, 2021
  • Ends: Apr 07, 2021
  • Location: Virtual
  • By: CMI, MedYCA, IUCN Med
  • Context


    More than a year after the COVID-19 pandemic began, the global economy has been disrupted with long-lasting adverse effects. As economic and industrial activities were brought to a near-standstill, the environment sometimes took the advantages and showed improvement in the quality of air, undisturbed ecosystems and wildlife, cleaner water resources, and less noise pollution.


    On the occasion of the IUCN One Nature, One Future Global Youth Summit, youth from all over the world will gather to propose actions for nature, climate, and social justice aiming at enhancing a better and greener post-pandemic world.





    Organized jointly by IUCN Mediterranean and the Center for Mediterranean Integration’s Mediterranean Youth for Climate Action (MedYCA) network, these two webinars will engage worldwide youth participants to share their ideas, strategies, and solutions for a healthy, fair, and green recovery. The two webinars will aim to:

    • Showcase scientific evidence on the drivers and risks of climate change in the Mediterranean region, as well as its socio-economic impacts on territories.
    • Explore the main challenges faced by youth when developing grassroots strategies for the ecosystem and territorial resilience.
    • Provide knowledge and actionable solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies.
    • Reflect on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the environment and ecosystems.
    • Explore long-lasting positive environmental change in a post-pandemic world.


    Target Audience


    The webinars will target global youth with diverse backgrounds and a common interest to shape a healthier, more resilient post-pandemic world.  Climate and environmental researchers, social entrepreneurs, climate change activists, and youth from different disciplines are all encouraged to register.

    The webinars will be held online. If you wish to participate, please register here to receive connection details.




    These webinars will lead to the production of a summary report as well as a contribution to an outcome statement that will be delivered at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in September 2021 in Marseille.


    The summary report will feature key insights and synthesize the main discussion points held during the webinars.


    It will be produced by the Mediterranean Youth for Climate Action network under the guidance of the CMI climate change team and the Territorial Resilience to Climate Change technical hub members.


    The Outcome Statement to the IUCN World Conservation Congress will feature recommendations of MedYCA members for a better and greener post-pandemic recovery.

    Both documents will be presented at the IUCN World Conservation Congress and promoted within the upcoming major international climate events, such as the CoP 26 in Glasgow and the United Nations 2021 Food Systems Summit.  




    Detailed Agenda

    [Presentation] Day 1 - Dani Harake: Intro Covid19 Impact on the Environment

    [Presentation] Day 1 - Nathalie Beckett: Ecotourism and Protected Areas

    [Presentation] Day 1- Hayfe Chamkhi: Wildlife Conservation

    [Presentation] Day 1 - Breakout Session: Nature Based Solutions

    [Presentation] Day 1 - Breakout Session: Mobility and Emissions Reduction

    [Presentation] Day 1 - Breakout Session: Air Quality

    [Presentation] Day 2 - Opening Remarks: Frederic de Dinechin

    [Presentation] Day 2 - Dalia Abulfotuh: Food Systems Summit and Youth

    [Presentation] Day 2 - Cristian Chiavetta: Achieving Food Security and Ecosystem Resilience

    [Presentation] Day 2 - Opening Remarks: Andres Alcantara




    Day 1

    Day 2






    Yara Acaf



    A holder of a master's degree in Environmental Policy Planning from the American University of Beirut (AUB), Yara Acaf is an environmental scientist and activist from Lebanon. She has previously worked with REVOLVE Media and is now a Research and Development Assistant at UN-ESCWA. Yara is the founder of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) Lebanese chapter, which advocates for biodiversity conservation and youth mobilization. She is also a member of the Mediterranean Youth for Climate Action Network (MedYCA).



    Aya Ibrahim


    Aya Ibrahim is a Researcher on Climate Change Policies at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. Her research work also expands in the fields of water resources, disaster risk reduction, and sustainable development. She has a Master’s degree in Sustainable Development from the University of St Andrews, and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health with a minor in Public Health from the American University of Beirut. Ms. Ibrahim is also a member of the Mediterranean Youth for Climate Action (MEDYCA) network.


    Bianca Carrera


    Member of the Mediterranean Youth for Climate Action Network (MedYCA), an intern at the United Nations Association of Spain, and collaborator-writer at the Spanish Think-And-Do Tank ‘Puerta de África’ and the international strategy consultancy ‘RelaciónateyPunto’, Bianca Carrera is a specialist in geopolitics in the African and Middle Eastern regions.


    Salah El Sadi 


    Salah El-Sadi, holds a master's degree from Al-Azhar University, Palestine, in water and environment, a bachelor's degree in industrial chemistry from Al-Azhar University and a higher diploma in entrepreneurship. He works at the Palestinian Economy Ministry as head of the engineering industries department, and as an entrepreneurship trainer with many associations locally in Gaza and internationally. He is very interested in scientific research in fields related to water, environment, agriculture and nanotechnology and promotes these as an active member of the Mediterranean Youth for Climate Action network.  


    I have many courses locally and internationally in various fields related to business, environment, water, and agriculture. 

    I am very interested in scientific research in fields related to water, environment, agriculture and nanotechnology. 

    I got many awards from Arab and foreign parties.  


    Yesra Shkaky


      Yesra Shkaky, is an Agriculture engineer from Syria, where she works in the Department of Environmental Researches and Regional Planning Studies at GORS (General Organization of Remote Sensing). Her key skills include dust storms monitoring, evaluating the impact of climate changes on natural resources and production, calculating and mapping drought indicators. She uses these to contribute to the project of regional planning of the Syrian coast region. She is also a member of the Mediterranean Youth for Climate Action network.

    Giath Doun


      Holder of a Master degree in Environmental Engineering from the High National School of Mining of St-Etienne (ENSMSE) and INSA of Lyon as well as of a Ph.D. on Urban and Environmental Engineering at the University of Paris-East Marne La Vallee, France, Giath Doun is the head of Department of Environmental Researches and Regional Planning Studies at General Organization of Remote Sensing in Syria. He is also a board member of the national technical consultancy for climate change in Syria and a member of the Mediterranean Youth for Climate Action network.

    Ahlam Kasem



    Ahlam Kasem is a Syrian civil engineer working for the General Organization of Remote Sensing (GORS) in Damascus as a technical engineer of the environmental researches and regional planning department. She is also a member of the Climate Change Monitoring Project for which she monitors and maps water body changes and urban expansion. She is also a member of the Mediterranean Youth for Climate Action network.


    Mezra Öner




    Mezra Öner is an urban planner working on environment, humanitarian aid, and development projects in Turkey since 2014. Currently, she is working as a program officer at the Promotion of Economic Prospects for Syrian Refugee and Host Communities Programme in the GIZ Turkey Office. Besides, she takes part in the Mediterranean Youth for Climate Action network.  


    Candost Aydın




    Candost Aydın, living in Ankara, is working as program coordinator for GIZ Turkey’s Promotion of Economic Prospects for Refugees and the Host Community Programme. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a master’s degree in Asian Studies. He enjoys conceptualization and coordination of projects as well as moderating workshops. He cares about nature, animals, and living beings and enjoys camping, photography, carpentry, music production, and drawing. Since 2020, he is a member of the CMI Mediterranean Youth for Climate Action network.


    Sara Bendou


    Abdel Hamid El Sherif

    Ryme Assaad    

    Alaa Emad El-Din Selim



    Alaa Emad El-Din Selim is a researcher in the electrical power and renewable energy engineering field with a master of science in energy systems. He is a focal point at the Medywat network supervised by the Center of Mediterranean Integration (CMI) where he worked on research in integrating renewable energy resources for the sustainable blue growth economy as well as a member of the Mediterranean Youth for Climate Action (MedYCA) network. He has also participated and volunteered in many capacity-building programs in Egypt like Egypt Scholars, Marj3  educational platform, Ihyaa Academy, AIESEC Egypt, IEEEXTREME Egypt, and FES/CEDARE sustainability program. These programs have allowed him to work directly for youth development in many areas such as energy and environmental awareness, mentoring, coaching, and technology applications.


    Njoud Mashouka




    Njoud Mashouka graduated from IE University with a Bachelor in International Relations specialized in Governance of Emerging Technologies and Innovation.  Currently, she is the Climate Action Associate at Vertis Environmental Finance where she partakes in creating a zero-carbon economy.  Her passions include mitigating climate change, achieving gender equality, and creating a low carbon economy with a strive for a sustainable future.



    Dalia Abulfotuh



    Dalia Abulfotuh is an Agricultural Officer at FAO’s Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa where she coordinates the work on rural migration, social protection, territorial development, decent employment and youth. She has a background in natural resource management and more than 15 years of experience working as a researcher and development practitioner in the NENA region. She also takes part in the Mediterranean Youth for Climate Action network.


    Cristian Chiavetta




    Cristian Chiavetta is an Environmental Engineer who graduated from the University of Bologna with a Ph.D. in Life Cycle Assessment of renewable energy and secondary materials production. He is working as a researcher at the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) in the Valorization of Resources Laboratory (RISE). For the last ten years, he has been working in the field of Circular Economy with a specific focus on Sustainability Assessment with Life Cycle perspective. He coordinates Italian and International projects focusing on Sustainable Development and supports companies of the Blue Economy in eco-innovation paths through the implementation of industrial symbiosis instruments and circular economy principles. He is an expert on Life Cycle Assessment Methodology (LCA), Efficient Management of resources and Green Public Procurement (GPP) and he is one of the 10 Italian experts on Circular Economy selected by the Italian Ministry for the Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) to represent Italy in the CMI supported Summit of Two Shores initiative. He is also a member of the MedYCA network.


    Mary Abed AL Ahad    

    Intissar Rouabhia



    Intissar Rouabhia is pursuing her second master’s degree at Birkbeck University of London, where she is studying Global Environmental Politics and Policy. She holds a research master’s degree in Natural Ecosystems Management and Natural Resource Valuation. She conducted her master's thesis on climate change and its impact on extreme weather events, with the aim of understanding this interrelation through the analysis of extreme indices from a multi-model approach. In 2017, Intisar completed her engineering studies in agronomy at the National Institute of Agronomy of Tunis. In addition to her background in science and research, Intissar has a strong interest in climate change and environmental policy, as she believes that science and policy complement each other to respond effectively and rapidly to environmental challenges. She is an author of “A Green Recovery for a more resilient Mena region: Youth Perspective on Energy, Climate and Mobility” and "Climate & Energy in the MENA Region: Youth Perspective to a Sustainable Future": two policy papers for the MENA region that advocate for a just energy transition and present recommendations for improving climate change mitigation and adaptation approaches. Intissar is also a regional facilitator for the MENA region with the Major Group of Children and youth (MGCY) to UNEP and a member of the CMI - Mediterranean Youth for Climate Action network. As a climate change advocate and a rising environmentalist, Intisar aims to be at leadership positions and shape environmental policies. 

    Kristina Xhiveli  

    Kristina Xhiveli is an environmental and urban waste management specialist as well as an environmental activist from Albania, who has completed a master's degree in Environmental Biology at the University of Tirana. She is a member of the OSCE advisory group on environmental crimes in Albania as well as the Mediterranean Youth for Climate Action Network (MedYCA) and the Mediterranean Youth for Water (MedYWat).


    Hayfe Chamkhi 

      Field biologist and wildlife ecologist, Hayfe Chamkhi is the Project manager of the PPI-OSCAN2 project "Tracing the Footsteps of Tunisia's furtive Predators". She has international field experience on wildlife conservation in particular in Mongolia, North America and North Africa with special focus on wild fauna of the Bouhedma National Park, Tunisia. She holds a Bachelor in biology as well as a Master in Ecology at the University of Göttingen, Germany, and is currently working on her PhD in Ecology.  

    Natalie Beckett 

      Natalie Beckett works at MEET Network and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN Med). Her work is primarily focused on implementing best practices for sustainable tourism in Mediterranean protected areas. Natalie graduated from the University of East Anglia with a Joint Honours BA in International Relations.