8th Youth Eco-Forum 2012 - "Climate Change/Creating Balance "
Whitehorse, Yukon (Canada)
August 8-15, 2012
Canada’s Yukon Territory has been granted the opportunity to host the 2012 Northern Forum’s Youth Eco-Forum on the theme of “Climate Change and Creating Balance.”
Youth delegates from Northern Forum member regions and their chaperones joined Yukon youth and event coordinators for seven days of programming as they cultivated youth leadership, environmental awareness and circumpolar relationship building.
The Eco-Forum was held just outside the capital city, Whitehorse. Accommodation and most sessions were set for the Hot Springs Valley Retreat, located 30 minutes from our international airport. This Center is recognized for its beauty, attention to detail and focus on environmental stewardship. http://www.yukonretreat.ca/
There was also time for everyone to enjoy these hot springs http://www.takhinihotsprings.com/eindex.html .
For more information on Whitehorse and its surrounding area, visit: http://www.visitwhitehorse.com/indexsummer.html
We also used two of the seven days to travel by minibus to explore other exceptional Yukon areas, with part of these tours examining the practices of two Yukon mine sites while looking for “best practices”.
You can learn more about Yukon here: http://travelyukon.com/about-yukon
Youth Eco-Forum 10th Anniversary
Anchorage, Alaska (USA)
May 1-8, 2011
"Partnerships for Forests"
At the Begich Boggs Visitor Center in the Chugach National Forest
Organized in cooperation with the Chugach National Forest, the Alaska Geographic and the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), the Youth Eco-Forum focused on the ecosystem of the Chugach National Forest in southcentral Alaska (forests, glaciers, mountains, wetlands) and the threats represented by climate change to this ecosystem. It was held jointly with a UAA Scientific Symposium "Classrooms for Climate", and included field trips to various destinations in the Chugach National Forest. The 2011 Youth Eco-Forum was placed under the U.N. International Year of the Forests and International Year of the Youth.
Besides the field trips, the youth attended the "Classrooms for Climate" at UAA, participated in an Environmental Game and prepared a Declaration that was presented to the University of Alaska the last day of the Forum.
On May 4th, the youth took a six-hour long private cruise out of Whittier into Prince William Sound.
6th Youth Eco-Forum of the Northern Forum
May 28-June 2, 2010
"Clean Water - Living Planet"
5th Youth Eco-Forum of the Northern Forum
August 18-22, 2008
Gangwon Province (Republic of Korea)
"Conservation and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources"
The 2008 Youth EcoForum “Conservation and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources” was held in Sokcho city, Gangwon Province, Republic of Korea August 18-22, 2008. The week-long event included presentations from participating students on their home region; professional lectures on current environmental topics; a hands-on environmental project; and field trips to natural areas of the Province.
4th Youth Ecoforum of the Northern Forum
August 21-25, 2006
Khanty-Mansiysk, Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug (Russia)
"Oil and the Environment"
3rd Youth EcoForum of the Northern Forum
"Climate Change and Renewable Energy: Local and Global Action"
The town of Akureyri, Iceland hosted the Youth Eco-Forum 2005 (August 28 – September 1, 2005). The main theme of the 2005 YEF was “Climate Change and Renewable Energy: Local & Global Action.”
2nd Youth Eco Forum of the Northern Forum
August 2-7, 2004
Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Youth living in the member regions of the Northern Forum, who build the future of northern regions, assembled early August 2004 in Sapporo, and shared information on each region’s environment as well as “a common perception” of the environment of northern regions through discussions and sharing of experience with each other in order to deepen their understanding of their environment.
As a result of this project, a “Code of Conduct” was adopted in the forum. It should be practiced by each participant and suggested to many regions. And that will in turn contribute to revitalize independent activities for environmental conservation conducted not only by the participants of the forum but also by the adults in many regions.
Power Point report (2.4 MB)
List of participants
The first Youth Eco Forum was held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, December 2-5, 2001. The Youth Eco Forum is a part of the Northern Forum project “Environmental Education in Northern Regions”. The Youth Eco- Forum gathered participants, 18 youth ambassadors, and other program staff from seven Northern Forum member regions (Alberta, Alaska, Heilongjiang, Hokkaido, Khanty-Mansy, Lapland, and Sakha). The concerns, visions and actions of the youth towards the environment in their countries were summed up in a Declaration signed by the youth and presented to the United Nations at the Eco Summit in 2002.