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Village Capital and The Lightsmith Group announced today that applications have opened in Africa and Asia for the Adaptation SME Accelerator Project (ASAP), a program for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and startups that are scaling market-based and contextualized solutions to critical climate adaptation and resilience challenges.
Alba Verónica Vicenta Yacabalquiej Salanic es una defensora de la juventud, la igualdad de género y la gobernanza comunitaria de Xecam, un pueblo del altiplano occidental de Guatemala. En una entrevista, reflexionó sobre cómo su identidad Maya K'iche' ha influido en su enfoque de las cuestiones medioambientales y compartió las lecciones de su trabajo como becaria de los pueblos indígenas en el Programa de Pequeñas Donaciones (PPD) del Fondo para el Medio Ambiente Mundial (GEF), gestionado por el PNUD.
As we collectively address the global climate and nature crises, it is absolutely critical to engage youth as agents of change, creative entrepreneurs and innovators. Through education, science and technology, young people are scaling up their efforts and skills to accelerate concrete actions. Through the support and partnership provided by the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP), youth are acquiring knowledge and skills to build a more sustainable future, while actively engaging in developing a green and blue economy.
Alba Verónica Vicenta Yacabalquiej Salanic is a youth, gender equality, and community governance advocate from Xecam, a village in Guatemala’s western highlands. In an interview, she reflected on how her Mayan K'iche' identity has informed her approach to environmental issues and shared lessons from her work as an Indigenous Peoples Fellow with the UNDP-managed GEF Small Grants Programme. What does being an Indigenous Peoples Fellow entail?