North Sea Sustainable Innovation Challenge winners participate in Trilateral Wadden Sea Youth Conference

10 August 2022 - Published by Annika Bostelmann
A unique opportunity arose for the younger winners of the North Sea Sustainable Innovation Challenge. The Common Wadden Sea Secretariat (CWSS) is organizing the Trilateral Youth Conference in St. Peter-Ording from 1-4 September, where three of PROWAD Link’s winning teams were selected to participate.

The conference is inviting young adults who are engaged with the Wadden Sea World Heritage to stimulate youth ownership in the preservation of the Wadden Sea region. Ting, Denise and Brian are part of the lucky few to participate in the youth conference.

During the conference, the participants will connect with other Wadden Sea and sustainability enthusiasts and they will learn more about the vulnerability and resilience of the Wadden Sea region and explore current projects that include youth involvement. Besides the organized lectures and workshops, the conference guests will also put on their boots and experience the nature and the impact of climate change through a guided mudflat walk tour. At the end, a selected group of participants will represent the youth perspectives at the 14th Trilateral Governmental Conference in November 2022.

Among the North Sea Sustainable Innovation winners, Ting, Denise and Brian will represent the Innovation Challenge and PROWAD Link during the conference days. The competition is one out of many existing examples where young adults are involved and encouraged to present their sustainable ideas and act upon local issues in the North Sea region. During the conference, the participants get the chance to dive even deeper into the local issues of the region, but also to get inspired and meet like minded people with the potential for future collaborations and knowledge exchange.

Ting Xu, one of the selected participants, says: “I hope that I can gain more sustainable knowledge of Wadden Sea from the conference and also share my sustainable idea there.” Similarly, Denise Speck can’t wait to expand her network and contribute to sustainable development: "I am looking forward to connect with like-minded souls and learn about innovative ideas that drive sustainability in the region.”

Up to the start of the conference, the participants are expected to contribute to the conference’s programme with their own projects and inputs. PROWAD Link wishes Ting, Denise and Brian a great and inspiring time at the conference!