COP27 side event: Youth Initiatives in Nature-based Solutions

The role of youth in finding holistic solutions to combat the current climate and biodiversity crises, will be demonstrated and discussed in this session during COP27 in Egypt. A finalist and the winner of the Nature Based Solutions Challenge, organised by Wageningen University & Research, will share their success stories, the challenges they face and call the audience to action.

Organised by Wageningen University & Research

Thu 10 November 2022 16:00 to 16:40

Room Climate Action Hub, COP27 venue, Sharm El Sheik

This session will bring the audience from the forests of Brazil, to the Mount Elgon National Park in Uganda, and finally to the coastline of Sri Lanka. There is room for dialogue, in order to identify gaps in capacity, funding, knowledge, and beyond to further upscale youth's role in mainstreaming nature-based solutions. But, we do not just focus on gaps. The audience and the student panel are encouraged to come up with methods for filling the identified gaps. All in all, this session aims to boost youth’s role in tackling the climate and biodiversity crises.

Lastly, this event also serves as an announcement for the next nature-based challenge by Wageningen University & Research; the Nature-based Future Challenge! We are looking forward to welcoming you in this session, to get inspired and to build a nature-based future together.


  • Mr. ir. Ivo Demmers - Head of Programme Food Security and Valuing Water Program at Wageningen University & Research
  • And the winner + a finalist from the Nature Based Solutions Challenge organised by WUR Student Challenges:

    • Mrs. Samara Polwatta, Nature Based Solutions Challenge Winner & Master's student of UNU-EHS and University of Bonn
    • Mr. Stephen Bright Sakwa, Nature Based Solutions Challenge Finalist & Co-founder at Bees for Hope

The event will be announced on the webcast platform the day before the event, and will be accessible to watch live. The webcast platform can be found in the COP27 calendar.
More information on climate action hub