Strategic Youth Network Development  
 
 

CORPORATE PROFILE (SYND)

 


Strategic Youth Network for Development (SYND) is a youth-oriented non-governmental organization in Ghana which focuses primarily on deepening good environmental governance. Our operational work involves tracking and contributing towards environment-related policies as well as formulation and implementation of programs, projects and activities from community to national level.


VISION


To help achieve environmental sustainability through the development and active participation of young people in managing the environment through policy formulation, programs planning and implementation of projects and activities to sustain society.

MISSION STATEMENT:

  • Influencing environmental policies positively from the youth perspective
  • Assisting decision makers to planning and implementation of environmental framework, programs and projects satisfactorily
  • Working locally and nationally with area businesses, community leaders and neighbors to improve the environmental well being of our community that creates cleaner and safer neighborhoods.
  • Dedicated to environmental improvements that foster a sustainable future.


THEMATIC FOCUS OF WORK

  1. Climate Change
  2. Climate change basically is a significant and lasting change in the weather patterns over periods. It may be a change in average weather conditions, or in the distribution of weather around the average conditions (i.e., more or fewer extreme weather events). Climate change is largely caused by human-induced alterations of the natural world leading to global warming.
    Young people are often classified as vulnerable groups affected by climate change. According to the National Climate Change Policy (NCCP) of Ghana, “the youth form a significant proportion of the population of Ghana and live with the impacts of climate change much longer. As such, the youth are key stakeholders in the climate change process”. Indeed the National Climate and Green Economy Strategy of Ghana, 2016 also acknowledges that eventhough children and youth are vulnerable to the impact of climate change, they can also be agents of change in the fight against climate change.

  3. Biological Diversity (Biodiversity)
  4. Biodiversity is the degree of variation of life forms within a given species, ecosystem, biome, or an entire planet. Biodiversity is a measure of the health of ecosystems. Biodiversity is in part a function of climate. The period since the emergence of humans has displayed an ongoing biodiversity reduction and an accompanying loss of genetic diversity. The United Nations designated 2011-2020 as the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity.
    Been party to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD), Ghana government has developed its National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (NBSAP) as a requirement.

  5. Forestry
  6. A 5th of Ghana’s land is covered by forest which is an important but declining contribution to Ghana’s economy.
    Over the past two decades, deforestation has been over 2% a year and it seems that timber consumption is exceeding sustainable harvesting levels. Illegal logging has also contributed to this eventhough there has been significant progress in tackling illegal logging.

    In November 2009, Ghana became the first country to sign a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with the EU which seeks to ensure that only legal timber is imported into Europe from all participating VPA countries. Despite the signing of this agreement, the abuse of special logging permits has been a particular problem. In
    There has been effort to clamp down on illegal logging, but the issue still remains. Land grabbing also still poses a threat on communities and many still continue to gain little compensation from companies.

  7. Energy For All
  8. Ghana government is considering Renewable Energy Development as a key option to the minimization of Greenhouse Gas (GHGs) Emissions.

    Renewable energy is the energy that is derived from a limitless source, in contrast to fossil fuels derived from a finite source. Types of renewables include solar energy (power from the Sun), wind energy, tidal energy (power from the seas) and geothermal energy (power in the form of heat from within the Earth). Energy can be called renewable if it can neither run out nor be easily replaced.

    A number of goals and programmes have thus been developed in this regard. For example, Goal 7 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) deals with the need to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. Other related programme is the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL).



VALUES

  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Diversity
  • Excellence
  • Creativity



OUR APPROACH


We address the subject of youth development by taking into consideration two important aspects – extrinsic and intrinsic factors.

Intrinsic factors suggest that we deal directly with youth as individuals through various outreach programs or initiatives. We enable youth to discover and develop their talents through several stages which are based on key leadership principles.

Extrinsic factors deals with the environment in which the youth find themselves. We provide opportunity for the youth to contribute meaningfully in decision-making processes and government policies that directly or indirectly affect them. We conduct research in various aspects concerning youth for the attention of development partners, donors, civil society organizations and governments, which are critical for global development.

 
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