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The Journey of a 1000 mangrove seedlings

Papua New Guinea, Feb 18 – Over the past few weeks leading up to February 18th , of this year, a team of collective youth empowerment and environmental associations led a mangrove rehabilitation project Initiative at one of Papua New Guinea’s significant coastal areas, Tubusereia, Gwarumemase in Central Province. The associations worked in close collaboration to equip the youth participants with the necessary skills and knowledge necessary to successfully complete the program. It was a privilege to be a part of the team. As an AIS ambassador for PNG, I joined one of the leading local youth associations in my Province and home village LTSA (Lakwaharu Tertiary Students Association) in order to gain some insight into the local NGO-affiliated networks and the connection built between youths within the education space to gain a better understanding of the work of modern-day advocacy, specifically within the Maritime conservation and environmental protection space. I was also privileged to have worked with some of the established members and learned some basic information and knowledge on the programs conducted by the association.

The program that took place was one of many well-planned and executed programs by the LTSA and was successful in outcome with credit to the Coastline Care Project for their generous and productive contribution as a major sponsor of the project. They are an organisation made up of Eight Alumni of the Kokoda Track Foundation. The driving factor behind these associations and their contributions is to bring youth empowerment to the forefront of our society’s development toward a more sustainable and educated future. To ensure that also while in the space of Coastline resilience and strengthening a resolved and firm fundamental of environmental conservation be upheld. To create a disciplined and productive youth group to enhance productivity and efficiency within our growing and industrious society.

I am pleased to have been a part of such extraordinary work of affiliation in relation to giving youths a space for product development. The AIS has taken part in this project specifically to ensure the presence of its youth ambassador be an example by forging a relationship on the ground with like-minded organisations which have the pillar of youth empowerment and development as it’s running slogan and brand.

In order for us to bring together a global movement of change to our societies and communities we must first work with our own people to foster the relationship of transparency and accountability for the young generation to be inspired. I believe that unity through diversity is the way forward in our ever-evolving world. Together we can make a difference and build a future for the next generation of leaders.

 

Timothy Isaac

AIS Ambassador Papua New Guinea

 

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