Youth are a key stakeholder in addressing impacts of climate change. To build the capacity and empower youth at national, regional, and international level, SLYCAN Trust organises the Global Youth Forum on Climate Change, which is held annually as part of Sri Lanka NEXT Conference, organised by the Ministry of Mahaweli Development & Environment of Sri Lanka.
The research project "Implementation of NDCs for Renewable Energy in Sri Lanka" focuses on identifying gaps in policies and regulations in Sri Lanka to implement the country's Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for renewable energy, with a primary focus on solar and wind energy.
The Meatless Monday Sri Lanka campaign is being implemented by SLYCAN Trust since 2015. It focuses on sustainable food consumption to address the impacts of climate change, promote animal welfare, and achieve sustainable development.
The Youth Forum on Climate Change (YFCC), organized by SLYCAN Trust in collaboration with the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment under the Sri Lanka Next Conference was held on the 17th of October 2017 at BMICH. Dr. Sunimal Jayathunge, Director, Climate Change Secretariat opened the forum, recognizing the importance of youth as a key stakeholder that needs to actively engage in developing policies related to climate change. He pointed out that, on a national level, the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment has taken into account the importance of engaging youth in the work related to climate change and thereby has provided space for youth to share their knowledge and experience, raise their concerns and assist in the implementation of projects to address climate change through events such as YFCC.