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Melina Sakiyama

Biologist and Socio-environmental Justice Activist

Melina Sakiyama is a Brazilian biologist and socio-environmental justice activist, who has always been intrigued and mesmerized by the complex balance of nature and all its wonders.

She is the co-founder of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN), overseeing the network’s capacity building & empowerment programmes as well as its engagement in biodiversity governance and decision-making processes under the Convention on Biological Diversity.

For the past ten years, she has co-lead GYBN’s initiatives on policy, advocacy, empowerment and has helped establish and develop the network to become a vibrant global youth movement for biodiversity with 1.2 million members and member organizations in 145 countries.

Her passion and commitment to biodiversity has been broadly recognized and in 2020 she has been awarded the Midori Prize for Biodiversity for her achievements.


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