Youth and women remain actively involved in community forest ecosystem restoration activities in DR Congo
COP28 DUBAÏ 2023
Ms. Gabriella Sakina, Co-founder and President of YILNAC Network amplifies the voices of indigenous youth at COP28 in Dubai
Indigenous youth are committed to ensuring the protection of wildlife and harmony between the animal and human worlds.
An Africa inspired by resilient and self-determined young indigenous leaders for climate and environmental justice for all and for future generations.
Mobilize, inspire and strengthen the capacities of young indigenous leaders and their organizations in the research, identification, development and dissemination of tangible indigenous nature-based solutions to the ecological and climate crises that affect the majority of indigenous peoples and local communities in Africa.
Young Indigenous Leaders for Nature and Climate - YILNAC Network is fully led and coordinated by young Indigenous leaders from Africa.
Young African Indigenous Non-profit Organization
Welcome to YILNAC
Young Indigenous Leaders for Nature and Climate - YILNAC Network is an Indigenous non-profit organization that mobilizes, educates, builds capacity, empowers and provides technical and strategic support to young Indigenous leaders and their grassroots organizations in research, identification, development and dissemination of tangible indigenous nature-based solutions to ecological and climate crises that affect the majority of indigenous peoples and local communities negatively and unfairly impacted by climate change while their livelihood systems, activities, their knowledge and traditional ways of life remain essential to protect nature and effectively fight against climate change in Africa.
We inspire climate and environmental action through the development of tools and opportunities created with, by and for Indigenous youth and our communities, with the goal of raising Indigenous youth voices, sovereignty and stewardship of land and water for future generations.
We model our work and organizational structure on systems of free, prior and informed consent and self-determination. By providing communities with knowledge and resources, we can inspire a new generation of indigenous climate leaders by creating solutions centered on our inherent rights and cultures.
Our background and motivation
Nature plays an important role in mitigating and adapting to climate change. Adopting an approach based on the best available traditional and indigenous knowledge can largely provide solutions to the climate crisis and contribute to the protection and various mechanisms for restoring biodiversity as indigenous and local knowledge can inform us about the factors of loss of biodiversity and effective methods to achieve integrated restoration of biodiversity, improvement of its resilience and change of behavior in the face of the climate crisis in favor of future generations...[ Read more ]
We believe that the rights and knowledge systems of indigenous peoples are essential for developing solutions to the climate crisis and achieving climate justice.
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We work with ambitious leaders who want to define the future, not hide from it. Together, we achieve extraordinary outcomes.
Our current results
Young indigenous leaders supported
Indigenous youth organizations members
Nature Based Solutions (NbS) supported
Indigenous forest hectares restored
Advocacy actions carried out
YILNAC Network: Launch of the Community Biodiversity Conservation Project by indigenous and local populations neighboring the Itombwe nature reserve in the Democratic Republic of CongoRead more
YILNAC Network: Distinguished participant and organization representing young indigenous leaders at AFRICA YOUTH CLIMATE ASSEMBLY (AYCA 2023) in Nairobi - KenyaRead more
In its fight against plastic and the protection of wetlands in the DRC, YILNAC network is working to accelerate the sustainable reduction of plastic waste and ensure the depollution of Kivu Lake by creating and supporting cooperatives of young indigenous people collecting and selling plastic waste in Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of CongoRead more