Who are we

The YOUTH4MPAs comprise a group of African marine enthusiasts from all walks of life, with one common goal - to advocate for the proclamation and expansion of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in our oceans.

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Youth4MPAs Mission Statement

To capacitate, encourage and educate the general public and youth about ocean health, protection with communities and local indigenous people in mind, while supporting youth voices and building youth capacity and professional and/or strategic relationships within the African continent and global citizens.

Youth4MPAs Vision

The Youth for Marine Protected Areas thrives on ensuring that South Africa reaches agreements to protect its ocean space. We envision having a sustainable future where marine life and society benefit from the presence of MPAs. We aim to empower South African youth to be advocates of nature conservation in support of the UN Sustainable goals and Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

How can you join the steering committee:

To become part of the Youth4MPAs Steering Committee an individual would first need to join the network. All members are eligible to apply to become part of the steering committee, however the committee reserves the right to accept or reject an application.

There are two pathways to join the committee:

  1. You have an idea of what you’d like to contribute to specifically (social media, education, administration, being a spokesperson etc.). If so, reach out to the steering committee with your CV and what you’d like to volunteer to do. 
  2. When positions within the steering committee become available, we’ll send out a call to the Youth4MPAs network on the WhatsApp groups and our social media. 

If you are selected, you will be requested to join an interview, after which a collective decision will be made by the committee.

Meet The Team

Shaakira Davood

African Youth Summit 2021

The 2021 African Youth Summit Objectives were to:

  • Mobilise the African Youth, allowing them to take ownership of the global 30x30 agenda, and to unpack this initiative from an African perspective.
  • Build capacity, learning and knowledge sharing for the youth across the African continent.
  • Provide a platform for youth to engage with various stakeholders, by facilitating a number of discussion sessions.
  • Foster a consortium of young environmentally conscious leaders across the African continent.