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„How can we help young people to develop innovative ideas and design their own environmental conservation-related projects and businesses, with a view to achieving sustainable income generation and happier lives“

Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico, August 2016

Ghana, Indonesia, Germany and Mexico are participating in the nature conservation Future4Nature component of the Innovation Factory, which aims to generate sustainable approaches to engage local communities in nature conservation projects that are replicable and sustainable in the long term.

Each country has a core team responsible for guiding the process. In Mexico, it is formed by people from Pronatura Sur A.C., the Mexican Nature Conservation Fund (FMCN) and Pronatura México A.C. In the case of Mexico, the aim is to promote the involvement of young people living in priority conservation areas in environmental conservation and sustainable natural resource management activities that provide them with livelihood opportunities.

How to inspire young people to develop innovative ideas?

In the course of the workshop, the participants came up with pioneering suggestions on how to inspire young people to develop innovative ideas and design their own environmental conservation-related projects and businesses, with a view to achieving sustainable income generation and happier lives. Technical guidance was provided at the workshop by Anne Talk, a GIZ-Germany advisor to the project, and Dorothee Heidhues, an external consultant for GIZ-Germany.

The kick-off workshop resulted in four proposed solutions developed by four different groups working in parallel. They will be reviewed by the core team, which will include five workshop participants. A country unit was also set up, composed of 15 workshop participants from the different working groups. They will help to advance the proposed solutions, which will be written up and further developed with technical support from GIZ-Germany, so that they can be submitted for assessment by various financing sources and implemented in 2018.

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