European Youth Biodiversity Network
Many areas across the European continent foster biodiversity, including coniferous forests in Scandinavia, semi-connected seas namely the Baltic and the Mediterranean, wetlands such as the Camargue, and impressive mountain ranges that include the Carpathians and the Alps. Unfortunately, the huge amounts of biodiversity supported by the varied landscape and seascape have been threatened by humans over the course of history. According to the IUCN website (2012), "15% of mammals, 13% of birds, 37% of freshwater fishes and 23% of amphibians are threatened with extinction." These numbers are expected to worsen as more land in Europe is developed and Europe's natural features continue to suffer. One of the
biggest challenges facing biodiversity conservation within Europe is the fragmentation of habitats due to human development or borders. However, institutions such as the EU or cooperations amongst the countries of Scandanavia have resulted in multinational conservation projects and are working toward the halting and possible reversal of previous bad practices.
In August 2019, around 50 young people participated in the GYBN Europe Youth Capacity Building Workshop close to Vienna, Austria, all
incredibly committed and determined to change the existing relationship between society and the environment. With this shared determination, the GYBN Europe+ network was formed at the workshop with Jessica Micklem and Christopher Baierl as the main coordinators. The primary goals for GYBN Europe+ are to become an integrated and diverse network that connects like-minded young people from different organisations across Europe, fosters knowledge exchange, guidance and support, and creates a community that works together to change the perspectives of the people in local communities by reconnecting them with the environment and educating them that people are an interdependent part of the natural world and not external to it.