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The future of Madagascar's biodiversity among the commitments of Malagasy youth.

From 14 to 16 June 2022, the Malagasy Youth Biodiversity Network (MYBN), with the support of its partners including WWF, organised a national consultation of Malagasy youth on the New Global Framework for Biodiversity Post-2020.

The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) officially recognised in 2015 the importance of youth participation in decision-making processes at all levels and encourages their full inclusion in the implementation of the Convention.
The main objective of this consultation was to collect the views and aspirations of young people in Madagascar on the Global Biodiversity Framework.  This position will then be advocated to national and international decision makers at the 15th United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP15) in Canada in December 2022. Finally, it will serve as a benchmark for youth in their future actions in favour of biodiversity as well as all those who want to support them. "This consultation already shows an effort for our country, young people are now aware that biodiversity is a pillar for the socio-economic development of local communities, and that they have a role to play in safeguarding it" explains Sanda Rakotomalala, Co-coordinator of Malagasy Youth Biodiversity Newtork.
More than 30 young people from 5 regions of Madagascar represented youth movements, scientists and academics: Move Up Madagascar, YMCA Madagascar, Ank'izy Association, ESSA Eaux et Forêts, Civilian Madagasikara, UVV-Tana, Let's Do It Madagascar as well as the Scouts. Participants discussed, debated, and exchanged best practices and experiences in biodiversity conservation, realities and problems of their regions. An online consultation was also organized to collect the voices of those who could not attend.
The consultation concluded with an "Intergenerational Dialogue" with the participation of the UK Ambassador, the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, the GEF SGP UNDP project and the TAFO MIHAAVO network. "It is great to meet young people like this, it is important that youth from different regions come here to share and comment on Biodiversity ... This shows that you are united for your country and that you are all responsible for it" said Mr. David Ashley, Ambassador of the United Kingdom during his exchange with the youth.

As a result of the consultation, 4 priorities for young people's engagement with nature were identified: 
  • Recognise the importance of the role of young people in the restoration of ecosystems, especially through the development of sustainable cross-cutting strategies and support for youth projects and initiatives for sustainable change in conservation;
  • Valuing Malagasy culture and values that value nature and biodiversity;
  • Encourage the sharing of experiences and knowledge to improve the skills of youth in their role in the management and protection of natural resources, particularly biodiversity, as well as respect for justice and intergenerational equity;
  • Strengthen the voice of young people in all areas and promote accountability to ratified international as well as national strategies, policies and frameworks and ensure their implementation.