Restoration stewards program

The Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL) and the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) are launching the fourth edition of the Restoration Stewards program to support and highlight the work of young restoration practitioners and their teams, who will represent the next cohort of Restoration Stewards.

The year-long program will provide funding, mentorship, and training to help young restoration professionals and their teams develop their restoration projects and raise awareness among their local communities about the importance of ecosystem restoration and healthy landscapes.

Apply for the 2024 program

Applications will accept until Monday, 7 August, 2023, 23:59 CEST (UTC+2).

During the program, the Restoration Stewards and their teams will be supported to further develop their projects and will become ambassadors at both global and local levels. Globally, the Restoration Stewards will share their journeys in a series of vlogs and blogs documenting their stories of inspiration and challenges. Locally, they will spark a restoration movement, creating pathways to connect, share, learn and act for more sustainable landscapes.

What's in it for you?

As a Restoration Steward, you will receive support from experts to take the project to the next level, as well as opportunities for professional development. You will receive a grant of EUR 5,000 to develop their restoration project while meeting the following objectives:

  • Set project-specific targets to be reached by the end of the year, with guidance from the GLF and its partner organizations;

  • Seek and carry out training activities to improve understanding of the landscape approach, and about the relevant ecosystem;

  • Run a minimum of two events to engage their local community;

  • Coordinate with the GLF team to promote your project via social media;

  • Create a news story every two months about the progress made on the project.

  • Meet with the GLF team and the assigned mentor on a regular basis to discuss the project’s progress.


We will consider applications from anyone between the ages of 18 and 35 who has initiated a restoration project in any of the following ecosystems: forest, mountains, oceans, peatlands, wetlands, drylands and rangelands. Applicants must understand and be willing to adhere to and model the GLF vision, pillars and values. We will give priority to projects that are:

  • Run by a person or a group of young people who are either local, Indigenous, or nationals of African, Asian, Latin American or Caribbean countries and are running projects in these regions;
  • Already in the early development stage and have been running for a minimum of one year.

Note that you do not necessarily have to create a new project from scratch to be eligible; we invite candidates to build on restoration programs or projects you are already running.

More information here.