Our Vision

An Africa inspired by resilient and self-determined young indigenous leaders for climate and environmental justice for all and for future generations.

Our Mission

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.

Our Team

Young Indigenous Leaders for Nature and Climate - YILNAC Network is fully led and coordinated by young Indigenous leaders from Africa.

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 ]

OUR PROGRAMS

We believe that the rights and knowledge systems of indigenous peoples are essential for developing solutions to the climate crisis and achieving climate justice.

Indigenous youth capacity building

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Nature Based Solutions (NbS)

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Forest restoration and protection

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Protection and management of biodiversity

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Climate and Environmental Justice

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Indigenous Agricultural Resilience

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Climate and Ecolgical Leteracy

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Climate and ecological communication

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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

1,080

Young indigenous leaders supported

127

Indigenous youth organizations members

34

Nature Based Solutions (NbS) supported

620

Indigenous forest hectares restored

12

Advocacy actions carried out

248,000

Trees planted



Latest News


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The growing engagement of indigenous peoples

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Cop26: Indigenous Peoples Call on Leaders to Act

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Climate Crossroads Exhibit: Indigenous Women and Youth Tell Their Peoples’ Stories to Inspire Climate Action at the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow

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