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[Webinar Series] Enhancing the Protection of Ecosystems through Youth Empowerment

  • Starts: Oct 27, 2020
  • Ends: Dec 31, 2020
  • Location: Virtual
  • By: CMI in collaboration with IUCN, UfM, MedECC, Plan Bleu, UN ESCWA and CMI TRCC Hub partners
  • Background


    The Mediterranean region has been classified as one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change in the world (IPCC, 2013). Building territorial resilience has become essential to adapt to stresses and shocks, whether the stresses are climatic, socio-economic, or pandemic related. One of the key elements of territorial resilience pathways includes youth empowerment. Empowerment enables youth to make informed choices to manage risks and develop their ability to participate in decision-making. 


    With that goal in mind, the Center for Mediterranean Integration organizes a series of webinars entitled ‘Enhancing the Protection of Ecosystems through Youth Empowerment’ which seeks to provide members of the Mediterranean Youth for Climate Action – MedYCA network with knowledge and actionable solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation.




    This webinar series will aim to enhance the protection of Mediterranean ecosystems while promoting a new generation of climate leaders. Mediterranean youth practitioners will be invited to participate in three thematic sessions to share their experiences and discuss best means of action. 


    The first session ‘Assessing Climate and Environmental stresses in the Mediterranean Region: Scientific Evidences and Socio-Economic Impact’ will take place on Tuesday, October 27th. It will provide the youth with knowledge on climate challenges the Mediterranean region will be facing in the coming decades. During this session, climate experts will present the findings of the MedECC1 report on the “Risks Associated to Climate and Environmental Changes in the Mediterranean Region” and of the RICCAR2- "Arab Climate Change Assessment" report on its socio-economic impacts. These presentations will be followed by an open discussion on measures to be taken.


    During the second session ‘Developing Actionable Solutions to Enhance the Protection of Ecosystems’, the youth will collectively identify and discuss possible actions to protect ecosystems in the personal, professional, local and public spheres. They will set up a list of recommendations for concrete solutions, including nature-based solutions to preserve ecosystems from climate risks, which will serve as a basis for an advocacy plea in the last session.  


    The webinar series will conclude with the final session ‘Empowering the Youth to Strengthen the Resilience of Ecosystems’ aiming at building capacity for youth advocacy. In front of an assembly of international organizations formed by CMI’s TRCC Hub partners, the youth will plea for the recommendations they have issued during the second webinar session. This interactive session will help them refine their arguments and finalize a report on ‘Enhancing the Resilience of Mediterranean Ecosystems: Leveraging the Youth’s Potential for Action’.  


     Next steps


    This series of webinar sessions will lead to the production of a report by the Mediterranean Youth for Climate Action network under the guidance of CMI’s climate change team and Territorial Resilience to Climate Change technical hub members. The report ‘Enhancing the Resilience of Mediterranean Ecosystems: Leveraging the Youth’s Potential for Action’ will reflect the working sessions’ findings and showcase the proposed solutions to enhance the protection of ecosystems. It will be presented at the 2021 ‘One Nature, One Future Global Youth Summit’ of the IUCN World Conservation Congress, as well as promoted during upcoming major international climate events, such as the CoP 26 in Glasgow.


    Resources & Presentations

    Webinar 1: ‘Assessing Climate and Environmental stresses in the Mediterranean Region: Scientific Evidences and Socio-Economic Impact’ 



    [1] Network of Mediterranean Experts on Climate and Environmental Change

    [2] Regional Initiative for the Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources and Socio-Economic Vulnerability in the Arab Region