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Applications Open for Global Youth and Wildlife Forum, South Africa

(Cape Town, South Africa – 02 November 2015) The search is on for 20 of the world’s brightest conservationists, aged 18 to 25, to join the first ever Youth Forum for People and Wildlife.

Convened by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) the Youth Forum will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa in September 2016.

Delegate applications open on Sunday, October 4th and run through until December 4th 2015. Applications and more information can be found at

The Youth Forum for People and Wildlife will be held immediately prior to the world’s biggest conservation gathering, the 17th meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) scheduled from September 24 – October 5, 2016 in Johannesburg.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for passionate young conservationists committed to working with communities to find solutions that enable people to live and prosper alongside nature. They’ll be meeting at time when CITES and conservation will be top of the world news agenda – what an amazing opportunity!” said IFAW CEO, Azzedine Downes.

A rigorous selection process will select 20 people aged between 18 and 25 and from diverse backgrounds and perspectives and representing Africa and other key source, transit and consumer nations for illegal wildlife trade in Asia, Europe and the Americas.

“Participants might be scientists, grassroots campaigners, artists, game rangers, budding politicians, a filmmaker or running a community education project,” said Nancy Barr, Director of the IFAW Animal Action Programme.

“The forum will provide young leaders with the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals and hone skills that will help them fulfil their potential of saving wildlife and building ecologically-sustainable communities,” said Barr.

Youth of all ages worldwide can engage with forum participants before, during and after the forum on a digital event platform available at

This forum is supported by IFAW’s new global education program about wildlife trade, which is available in several languages for free download on IFAW’s website:

Each year, IFAW Animal Action Education materials reach more than 5,000,000 educators and schoolchildren around the world.

To download the delegate application package or learn more about the digital event platform go to

About IFAW

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