“The World Youth Rhino Summit has been one of the most inspiring and eye-opening experiences I’ve ever been part of. I learned so much about rhino poaching, standing up for something I believe in and how I can help. I am definitely going to go home and share my knowledge.”

Monhé van der Walt, South Africa

Its mission was to engage and create youth conservation leaders through education in wildlife conservation and protection strategies. We aimed to empower our delegates to become local, national and international Ambassadors for Wildlife Conservation and influence policy at local, state, national and international levels.

The Summit’s Outcomes

  • To Sound: A world-wide call to action by the youth to save the rhino from extinction, led by Africa’s young conservation leaders – emanating from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • To Send: Key ‘hearts and minds’ messages from the youth to CITES, the UN and African and international leaders
  • To Attract: National and international media and public attention
  • To Shape: Over 100 young leaders to become future global wildlife & conservation ambassadors
  • To Inspire and Instil: A compassionate concern for wildlife in the next generation responsible for protecting biodiversity
  • To Increase and Extend: Knowledge of rhino conservation, protection & anti-poaching initiatives
  • To Showcase: The vital conservation work of members, affiliates and partners of Project Rhino KZN
  • To Ensure: That the Rhino Art: Let the children’s voices be heard campaigned the World Youth Rhino Summit become an on-going programme of action with international recognition

5 Key Success Factors – The Summit achieved the following:

  • It was a uniquely African-owned World Youth Rhino Summit, held in a symbolic location that encourages African leadership and solution-finding amongst the youth generation
  • Summit delegates were selected based on their leadership qualities and existing commitment to rhino conservation and nurtured to become Youth Conservation Ambassadors in their home countries
  • It encouraged future leaders to engage prominent conservationists on provocative and compelling issues related to poaching, global wildlife crime and the future sustainability of endangered species
  • A World Youth Wildlife Declaration will be formally presented in 2015 to national, African and international bodies to encourage greater political will and global support, including the United Nations, IUCN and CITES 2016
  • It is the start of a Global Youth Movement against Rhino Poaching and Wildlife Crime
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