On the occasion of the International Agricultural Exhibition, Julien Denormandie, Minister of Agriculture and Food, Bérangère Abba, State Secretary for Biodiversity, and Sarah El Haïry, Foreign Minister for Youth and Commitment, signed the framework agreement for the National Citizen Service Program “Youth” Nature experiences “intended for 16-25 year olds (30 years for young people with disabilities), for a period of six to 12 months.
With the new national citizen service, the government has decided to support the young people better. Strengthening the link between young people and nature will thus be a strong focus in the future national biodiversity strategy for 2030. The future strategy thus proposes:
- better integration of knowledge and nature conservation into school curricula;
- development of terrestrial and marine education areas to reach 1,000 areas by 2025 against 550 today;
- the 2022 enlargement of the Universal National Service for the Protection of Biodiversity;
- support and development of nature school trips;
- the reception of 1,000 young people in civil service from the end of 2022, recruited on missions dedicated to the protection of nature – mainly in the field of services and operators in the Ministry of Ecological Transformation.
The agreement, signed between the Ministries of Ecological Transformation, Agriculture and Food, National Education, Civic Service Agency and several state operators (ONF, OFB,, Conservatoire du littoral, national parks, VNF, ANCT and ANRU) contains concrete measures to make program known to the public and implement rapid and operational solutions to facilitate recruitment.
“It is fantastic to see young people become passionate about nature, the living and to see this passion become commitment. Our role is to use all necessary means to support their commitment to the noble cause of protecting living organisms. Young people are more committed players than ever before, and through this agreement we open up a new field of opportunities for them. ” said Julien Denormandie.
For Bérangère Abba: “What better experience for young people than devoting 6 to 12 months to the environmental cause? With the new Naturborgerservice, we give everyone the opportunity to get involved and act concretely and on site with state actors, local authorities and nature conservation associations. Protected areas, forests, endangered species, the fight against erosion of biodiversity … Everyone must be able to find the mission that suits them and makes sense, and to ensure that material conditions are not an obstacle, the Ministry of Ecological Transformation from 2022 will mobilize an extra envelope of € 500,000 to cover of associated costs, such as transportation or subsistence expenses..
“Young people yearn for action and commitment. With this program, we give them the means to act and be agents of change. The ecological transition is a priority for our young people, with these Civic Service missions we support and value this commitment. “ said Sarah El Hairy.
“Young nature experiences”: signing of the framework agreement at the International Agricultural Show (PDF, 310.67 Ko)
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