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Applications open for Youth Forum for People and Wildlife 2016 - 3 November 2015


Applications are open for the first-ever Youth Forum for People and Wildlife in Johannesburg, South Africa in September 2016. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) will identify 20 young leaders, aged 18 to 25, working in conservation and animal protection-related fields around the world. Reflecting diverse perspectives and expertise, the 20 Forum delegates will come together to debate issues, explore solutions and build skills that will empower them as compassionate conservationists. Travel and participant costs will be fully funded.


The Youth Forum for People and Wildlife will be held immediately prior to the world’s biggest conservation gathering, the 17th meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). ). Delegates will represent not only the CITES host country of South Africa, but also other key source, transit and consumer nations in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. An online event platform will virtually connect the global community with delegates in South Africa and establish a network for youth to learn, share and take action to protect wildlife before, during and after the 2016 Forum. To apply or learn more about the Youth Forum, go to


Key dates

·         The Youth Forum will take place in South Africa 17-25 September 2016, and will include an overnight field excursion and four days in Johannesburg.

·         The call for delegate applications opens on 4 October 2015 and closes on 4 December 2015. Visit apply online, download the application and learn more.

·         Applicants will be chosen in January 2016 and announced publicly on World Wildlife Day, 3 March 2016.