Dedicated to creating a more positive world for people and wildlife.
Youth for Wildlife Conservation (Y4WC) is an organization that supports a global network of early-career wildlife conservationists (aged 18 - 30). By building a network of, and investing the right resources in, passionate early-career conservationists, Y4WC aims to give them the support, opportunities, skills and recognition they need to advance their careers and take their wildlife conservation projects to scale and build the future conservation leaders the world needs.
One of the greatest global threats to species and the world’s biodiversity is the unsustainable and illicit trade in wildlife. Through our programs, advocacy and support of our network we are committed to ending the illegal wildlife trade, to better protecting wildlife and their habitats and to building a more sustainable future for people and wildlife.
As part of this committment , we are working to create a youth platform within the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and are currently organizing the Y4WC at CoP18 in Sri Lanka. Our aim is to bridge the gap between existing and future policymakers as well as grassroots conservationists, to help better implement solutions to unsustainable wildlife trade and trafficking, and formulate better policy in the long term. We are building a network committed to effective policy and management of wildlife that translates to practical, grassroot conservation efforts on the ground.
We are are pioneers, innovators, and instigators that drive positive change and do not accept the status quo. As a network, our work covers a wide range of geographies and utilizes a range of approaches to solve the environmental challenges wildlife and communities face. The common thread that connects us all is our passion for wildlife.
Y4WC is here to help translate that individual passion into a strong, lifelong commitment to robust, innovative and scientifically-sound policy and practice that contribute to wildlife conservation and ending the overexploitation of the world’s wildlife.