The Ministry of the Environment of Japan ("MOE") will hold the "International Youth Conference on Biodiversity in Aichi 2010" in Japan in August 2010 in order to promote communication among young people from around the world and to improve their mutual awareness of biodiversity.


The conference is associated with the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (so-called "CBD COP10") that will be held in Aichi in October 2010.

This conference takes impetus from a previous international youth conference held just before COP9 in Germany in May 2008 and the Asia Youth Conference held in Japan in August 2009, and is intended to :
(1)    Provide young people who will lead the next generation with opportunities to improve their understanding of and participation in conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity;
(2)    Enhance development of young people who will lead the next generation through participation in a forum of international discussions and activities;
(3)    Facilitate building of an international network for youths and mutual understanding among them.

The MOE is now inviting applications from individuals in colleges, universities and high schools all over the world to participate in the conference.

Required qualifications

Applicants to the conference must satisfy each of the following requirements:
A)     be between the ages of 15 and 24 as of April 1, 2010;
B)     be able to speak and discuss in English at the conference;
C)     be able to stay at the facility specified by the organizers from August 21 to 27, 2010 and to participate in all the programs scheduled during that period;
D)     be able to obtain and provide a reference from someone other than his/her family;
E)     have his/her own PC e-mail address, not cell-phone’s e-mail address, for communication of the information on the conference. If the applicant does not have his/her own e-mail address, he/she may use his/her parent’s one instead.

Go here for more informations on how to apply