Global Competition for #YouthLed Projects: Flood & Drought Special

The significance of engaging young people in the design and implementation of policies, plans and standards in Disaster Risk Reduction has been recognized by the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. The Youth Forum at the Budapest Water Summit 2016 further showed that young people are unified across disciplines and scales to understand, innovate and adapt to the complex and dynamic nature of the global water system and climate change.

Please note the submission deadline for this competition has passed, and we are no longer accepting applications.


There is a need for continued opportunities and resources for youth participation in decision-making, (applied) research, and project/programme creation and management to utilise youth’s innovative capacity for social change and sustainable development.

This competition has been designed to showcase the practical examples and cases on how an integrated approach to flood and drought risk management has been advanced in practice by or through the involvement of youth under the following three themes:

A.    Understanding risk: Participatory data collection (hazard, exposure, vulnerability), risk modelling tools, assessment and mapping and risk communication

B.    Early Warning System development: Impact based forecasting, needs assessment, warning communication (technologies), response, and warning evaluation

C.    Risk management and planning: Identifying, evaluating and implementing mitigation, preparedness, recovery and response measures at the local level

Application categories

CATEGORY 1: Ongoing youth projects

Could be research, volunteering or case studies where young people are acting as social innovators and communicators to bridge the gaps between science and action to make flood and drought risk management more integrated and effective at the local level.

  • The winner will receive an opportunity for collaboration with the WMO/GWP flood and drought programmes (APFM and IDMP) with direct support of up to 1,000 EUR + a trip to present the project at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction Conference in Cancun, Mexico on 22-26 May 2017

CATEGORY 2: New youth project

Includes innovative projects and projects developed on existing knowledge that engage youth to support integrated flood and drought risk management at the local level.

***Note: submissions are allowed to both categories from the same organisation.


Submission deadline - 31 March 2017

Announcement of the result - 26 April 2017

Showcase of winning projects in Cancun, Mexico, at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction Conference - 22-26 May 2017

Read more about the selection criteria, prizes and how to apply in the flyer and concept note.