The Youth in Landscapes (YIL) Initiative is a global movement of young people who have committed to living and breathing the landscapes philosophy – collaboration, diversity, and collective action. We welcome everyone aged 18-35 years to join us. Whether you are a student or young professional, whether you work in agriculture, business, or geography – this community needs you. The Initiative is a partnership between the International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA), Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) and the Global Agroecology Alliance (GAEA). Together these organizations represent over 20,000 young people working and studying in agriculture, forestry and agroecology.

We help young people transform their visions to action through facilitating youth-led programs. Join now and take part in a cross-sectoral training on halting deforestation in Rome. Learn best-practices for youth integration by listening here to our podcast. Get creative by watching our ‘drawing landscapes’ discussion forum here and get connected for so much more. Welcome to YIL.

Join 50 young leaders in Rome, Italy on Feb 19th to get trained by leading professionals and develop a work plan for collective action towards halting deforestation. Along with getting restoration ready, you will gain access to the CPF International Conference on Deforestation from Feb 20-22nd. We will live-stream trainings and moderate an online discussion for the broader YIL community. Learn more and apply now to secure your spot.

8 January 2018

Close communication gap to empower youth in landscapes movement

Greater involvement can forge change

19 December 2017

Arming a social media posse with a state-of-the-art engagement strategy

Power of bringing people with a common cause to work together

13 December 2017

Digital Summit: Including youth in sustainable development efforts to boost impact

Successful landscape management hinges on full integration of young people

Applications to our youth social media outreach mentoring and internship project, starting at the 8th edition of the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany, from December 19-20, 2017. Public voting is now closed.

These young individuals will be at GLF Bonn asking the hard questions, bringing in new philosophies, and accelerating change by keeping an eye on local realities. They come from across the globe and will be facilitating sessions, developing Pavilion agendas, and at the frontline of enhancing the GLF experience.

18 Mar 2015

2015 Global Landscapes Forum: Salina Abraham – Closing Keynote

Head of International Processes at IFSA, Salina Abraham, speaks on behalf of the Forum organizers at the high-level closing plenary session from the second day of the Global Landscapes Forum 2015, in Paris, France alongside COP21.

18 Mar 2015

Youth in landscapes: Building skills, confidence and networks

The ‘youth in landscapes’ initiative is a world-first project uniting top young forestry and agriculture innovators (aged 18 – 35) to tackle global land use challe...

16 Aug 2016

Evaluating the Youth in Landscapes Initiative: A leading example of genuine intergenerational collaboration

A genuine and empowering youth-led and youth-targeting initiative - that’s the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of the Youth in Landscapes (YIL) Initiative...

14 Oct 2016

Alumni stories

We currently have over 100 alumni across the world, many of whom we hear about informally and who are directly applying lessons from our programs. ...

Learn more about upcoming opportunities and different ways of getting involved with the Youth In Landscapes