Earth Summit for Youth 2005

In January, 15-29 the Smithsonian Institution, HabitatNet/Souhegan High School, Amigos de Sian Ka´an UNESCO Bio-Reserve and El Eden Ecological Reserve will be hosting the International Earth Summit for Youth on Global Biodiversity, that will take place at El Eden Ecological Reserve, Quintana Roo.

Students and teachers from the United States, France, India, Germany, Italy, Puerto Rico, the Netherlands and Mexico will be staying at El Eden. They will develope biodiversity monitoring projects, and will establish permanent plots.

At the end of the summit students will have a Press Conference and will sign a Biodiversity Accord to be sent to the United Nations for next Earth Day in July 2005.

Several activities have been organized to make this a fun and unforgettable experience for all the students and teachers. There will be presentations about the work they are doing at home, bat mist netting, night hiking in the forest, “multi-lingual” games, music, etc.

The summit has been divided into two identical sessions: the first one from January 15 to 22 and the second from January 22 to 29. Over a total of 80 participants will attend the 2-week period.