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Young people are facing incredible challenges and even life-threatening risks due to environmental degradation which often disproportionately affects girls and young women. In particular, decent job opportunities are a key issue for the growing numbers of young people around the world and yet decent employment and entrepreneurial opportunities remain limited for young people in rural areas in many parts of the world. On the other hand, regenerative agriculture, eco-tourism and protected area management represent an opportunity to bring young people back to rural areas with the prospect of secure and stable livelihoods. It will be important to open spaces for dialogue and youth advocacy at all levels, from the multilateral process to local politics, as a means of harnessing their energy, talent, creativity and interests.

This interactive dialogue will kick-start an intergenerational dialogue on the challenges and prospects for youth to help (re) activate the land restoration agenda.