The 2020 edition of the EFI Young Leadership Programme provides training, knowledge sharing and networking on Mediterranean forest-based value chains and their contribution to a circular bioeconomy, with a special focus on cities and urbanised societies. The main topics that will be addressed in this edition will be:
- Mediterranean forests and global challenges
- Towards a Mediterranean forest-based bioeconomy
- Nature-based solutions for cities
- Mediterranean forests for biodiversity and climate change adaptation
- Social and Technological Innovation for Mediterranean societies
In order to ensure a greater representation of the Mediterranean basin countries in this edition, EFI has decided to extend the applications deadline for the Young Leadership Programme – Mediterranean (YLP-MED) until 23 March.
The YLP-MED 2020 will take place from 29 June to 3 July, also at the Sant Pau Site, where EFI has its Barcelona Office. Young professionals between 25-35 years old will interact with global and regional leaders, network with peers and develop strategic thinking on how to manage and use forest resources to address societal challenges.
Confirmed speakers for the programme include Christine Farcy (Catholic University of Louvain), Xavier Marcet (Lead for Change), Ricard Armengol (Provital Group), Vicente Guallart, (Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia), Mireia Gascon (Barcelona Institute for Global Health), Roser Maneja (UNESCO International Centre on Mediterranean Biosphere Reserves), Bart Muys (University of Leuven) and Sven Wunder (EFI).
The EFI Young Leadership Programme was established in 2014 and has run annual editions with rotating geographical focus, including on Russia and Eurasia. The first Mediterranean edition took place in 2018 and was described by participants as a positive and inspirational experience with 100% of participants recommending the programme.