Land & Water

Webinar: Youth Innovation in Land, Soil and Water

From 23/07/2020 To 23/07/2020

The FAO Land and Water Division presents this webinar with the participation of the UN Major Group for Children and Youth titled: Youth Innovation in Land, Soil and Water. 

The webinar will take place on Thursday 23rd July - 14:30 - 15:30 CEST 

The engagement of youth and young professionals plays a key role achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Today's youth are more geographically mobile and technologically connected than any other generation. Moreover, they hold a capital of innovative and scalable solutions and ideas that are often overlooked. In the context of COVID-19 pandemic, intergenerational exchange and cooperation is even more crucial to bridge past experiences with innovative ideas, driving the creation of holistic solutions. 

The session will deliver lightning talks from young professionals on how youth and innovation go hand in hand to deliver solutions, on land, soil and water resources management, for a sustainable tomorrow. 

The objectives of the webinar are as follows:

  • Highlight innovative projects and approaches for sustainable land, soil and water management
  • Provide successful examples of the role of youth as key actors in international development
  • Explore ways to further partner with youth in decision making and implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development


Opening Remarks: Ms Angelica Jacome Daza, Director, Office of SIDS, LDC's and LLDC's and Executive Chief of FAO Youth Committee, FAO 

Lightning Talks: 

  • Communicating remote sensing WaPOR data uses: water accounting  
    Ms Alyne Spencer Gonçalves, FAO
  • Genetic Forensics in Water Quality & Food Safety 
    Mr Omar Elhassan, FAO 
  • SMART Irrigation SMART WASH  
    Ms Eva Pek, FAO 
  • Building resilient landscapes with support from Geospatial Technologies  
    Ms Ritu Saimunnahar, FAO 
  • The Global Soil Doctors Programme 
    Ms Zineb Bazza, Global Soil Partnership, FAO 
  • Youth engagement towards the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030 
    Ms Michelle Stitz, Generation Climate Europe - UN Major Group for Children and Youth (UNMGCY) 

Closing Remarks: Ms Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General of Natural Resources and Sustainable Production Stream, FAO 

Moderator: Ms Sasha Koo Oshima, Deputy Director, Land and Water Division