The Youth Think Tank Competition for the EAA Flyway is continuing the vision from the 2020 Flyway Youth Forum to achieve the goal: “Youth along the EAA Flyway are actively participating in the conservation of wetlands and migratory waterbirds at different levels, from policy and decision-making to grassroots and local community, making positive changes in their local to global communities.”
The Competition aims to motivate young people in the EAA Flyway who are keen to contribute to conservation for migratory waterbirds and their habitats to actively engage in the conservation of wetlands and migratory waterbirds in different aspects and levels. Teams will be awarded financially to start up the winning projects, with coaching from experienced mentors. At the same time, we hope to equip and strengthen the skills of youth in conservation.
The objectives of YouthThink Tank Competition for the EAA Flyway are:
- INNOVATION AND IMPLEMENTATION – The Think Tank Competition will motivate young people in the EAA Flyway who are keen to contribute to conservation for migratory waterbirds and their habitats to actively engage in conservation of wetlands and migratory waterbirds in different aspects and levels, and to motivate innovative ideas for conservation.
- CAPACITY BUILDING – The Think Tank Competition will include training workshops on topics useful to young conservationists. By equipping youth with knowledge and skills to engage in conservation on migratory watebirds and wetlands, we also hope to build confidence and network among young people on operating a project for conservation of migratory waterbirds and wetlands in our Flyway.
Part 1. Youth Think Tank Competition for the EAA Flyway
Application period: 17th September to November 22nd , 2021
Application link: https://flywaythinktank.awardsplatform.com/
Application eligibility :
- Aged 18-29(under 30 on the date of application)
- Nationality of applicants within EAA Flyway range countries is priority. However, we welcome team members to team up with youth from other Flyways, but cannot be more than half of the number of all team members.
- Applicant can apply as individual or in team (encouraged to form a team, max. 5)
- All team members must be early-career conservationists with no more than five years of work experience in the conservation sector. University students are eligible.
- The proposed project needs to focus on migratory waterbirds in EAA Flyway (i.e. implementation of projects within EAA Flyway countries).
- The proposed project has to be new work, not part of existing or for continuing past projects or studies.
Before you apply, please read the Competition’s guidelines and rules [here].
- Science : study or monitoring a-on migratory waterbirds and their wetland habitats, including study if indigenious conservation methods
- Society: work on engaging local communities in conservation or site management, such as applying community-based convervation methods
- Education and awarness-raising: Products and programme for local communities or general pubic, campaign to raise awareness, advocacy, story-telling etc.
Young conservationists, green youth groups, local and international NGOs young staffs, university students, etc.
Phase 1 : Proposal submit via the online platform
3 minutes video pitch
Phase 2: 5 Finalist project final reports
Phase 1 awards:
- USD 3000 for implementation to finalist projects
Phase 2 awards
- Overall champion nominated as EAAFP youth ambassador
- Opportunity to participate in international events (subject to COVID restriction)
How to apply
- Before the proposal writing, please read the Competition Guidelines and Rules (link of the pdf) to understand the rules, eligibility, format and timeline
- Applications must be written in English
- Submission of the proposal should be by the (lead) applicant via the online platform at here, a registration account should be created.
- You can log in multiple times to the registered account to amend the application before the deadline. Once the deadline is passed, the applicants cannot amend it except upon request.
- 3 mins video to describe your project idea, which includes
- Self/Team introduction
- Introduction of project background
- Conservation challenge
- Expected results
- Language: English
- The video has to be uploaded to Youtube or Vimeo, the link needs to be placed in the application form
<The judging criteria>
The proposals would be selected by judging panel base on the following five criteria:
- Practicality and feasibility – if the project is implementable within the competition period
- Impact – The applicant has to explain and demonstrate how the project would bring positive impact to tackle certain environmental problems.
- Scientific accuracy – we require accurate understanding and information on migratory waterbirds, wetlands and subject of the proposed project.
- Scalability and replicability – the idea’s potential to be scaled up and replicated, be it at site, regional, national, or global level
- Degree of Innovation – we encourage new ideas, for doing scientific studies, solving social issues related to the environment, and technology and skill for CEPA
<Announcement of Top 5 finalists in Phase I >
|On 23rd December 2021, The results of the “Youth Think Tank Competition for EAA Flyway” Phase I was announced. Five finalist teams of youth from China, the Philippines and Indonesia, who challenge themselves to take action in the conservation of wetlands and migratory waterbirds in East Asian-Australasian Flyway, were selected. Check [here] to see the finalist teams! We also express our gratitude to the Judges for the judging processes.|
Part 2: Capacity building for youth – Training Workshops
- 1st workshop: Understanding global agenda for environment and how youth are engaged – Include training on project planning and proposal writing (Nov 2021)
- 2ndworkshop: Practical implementation initiatives, Local community engagement, – Include training on project management and fund-raising (May, 2022)
- 3rdworkshop: Communication (story-telling and scientific communication) and project evaluation, impact measurement (August, 2022)
Understanding global agenda for environment and how youth are engaged – Include training on project planning and proposal writing (Nov 2021)
Date: 6th -7th November 2021 (Saturday and Sunday)
|Part 1. webinar “Understand global agenda for environment and how youth are engaged”
Deadlines of registration: 2 Nov, 2021 (23:59 KST)Details and eligibility: https://www.eaaflyway.net/think-tank-competition-1st-workshop/
Details and eligibility: https://www.eaaflyway.net/think-tank-competition-1st-workshop/
Playback of the workshop: https://www.eaaflyway.net/eaaf-youth-think-tank-1st-workshop/
2nd workshop (May 2022)
Engaging Local Communities in Conservation of Migratory Waterbirds and Wetlands
– Includes training on Engaging local communities
Date: 28 – 29 May 2022 (Saturday and Sunday)
|Part 1. Webinar “Introduction of concept of Nature-based solutions and engaging local community in conservation”
Part 2. In-depth Workshop
Details and eligibility:
Playback of the workshop: https://www.eaaflyway.net/2022/06/10/eaaf-youth-think-tank-2nd-workshop/
3rd workshop (August 2022)
Date: 6 – 7 August 2022 (Saturday and Sunday)
|In-depth Workshop Day 1 “Local Framework on Project Plan and Fundraising”
In-depth Workshop Day 2 “Project Evaluation and Impact Measurement”
Details and eligibility:
Playback of the workshop: Coming soon
|Mark Edison Raquino
Global Youth Biodiversity Network
– South East Asian
|Suh Seung Oh
Ramsar Regional Center -East Asia
Ministry Of Environment Japan
World Wide Fund – Hongkong
EAAFP CEPA Working Group
Youth Engaged in Wetland
|Josefa Cariño Tauli
Global Youth Biodiversity Network
ASEAN Youth Biodiversity Programme (AYBP) at the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity
Senior Advisor for Asia and Oceania of The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands
Vice President, International Programs
International Crane Foundation
International Engagement Manager
Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)
Director, Youth Leadership
EAAFP CEPA Working Group
|Ding Li Yong
BirdLife International (Asia Division)
|Sayam U. Chowdhury
EAAFP Spoon-billed Sandpiper Task Force
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
The University of Queensland
<Youth Organizing Team>
|Ho Bun Yu
Sa Ngalan ng Lawa
King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi
<Core Organizing Team from EAAFP Secretariat>
External Relations Manager
External Relations and
Administration and Finance Assistant
External Relations Assistant
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