One of the goals of CAFF’s goal is to help enable young people to learn about and play increasing leadership roles in Arctic biodiversity issues, international collaboration, and Arctic science and policy-related projects. As part of this work CAFF recruited for 2020-2021 four youth to serve on a short-term internship team to guide and inform the development of the and to help develp the Arctic Youth Engagement Strategy: 2021-2026.

Ana CropAna Fonongava’inga Stringer was born in Seattle and grew up in Utqiagvik, Alaska. Her mother and family are from the village of Lapaha in the South Pacific island of Tonga. ‘Ana is a junior at Vanderbilt University and is double majoring in Earth & Environmental Science and Environmental Sociology. She is co-president of Vanderbilt’s Indigenous Scholars Organization, an undergraduate teaching assistant, and an active advocate for Native and Indigenous students on campus. After graduation, ‘Ana hopes to pursue a career in coastal management to help build climate resilience in Alaskan coastal communities.

NuianaNuiana Hardenberg is an indigenous Inuk from Greenland. Nuiana is 20 years old and currently taking a sabbatical, to focus on an organization she co-founded called Greenland4Nature. G4N is a youth NGO focused on sustainability, biodiversity, and climate change. G4N’s purpose is to inform and inspire the Greenlandic population to be Green through workshops and public information. G4N also sees the importance and the unique perspective and experience Greenland has in the Climate discussions and therefore important that it is vocal in the discussion regarding actions against climate change.

Daria Daria Makhotina is from Murmansk, Russia. Daria is 22 year old and a first-year master student in Nordic Urban planning at the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø and also chairs the Barents Regional Youth Council (BRYC). BRYC works as an independent body of Barents Euro-Arctic cooperation focusing on environmental issues, gender equality and human rights, and is supervised by the Barents Secretariat.



Sanna Vannar is 25 years old and lives in Jåhkåmåhkke in Sápmi. Sanna is a reindeer herder in Sirges and is the president of Sáminuorra a sámi youth association in Sweden. Sanna likes to be out in the forest or mountains and has 3 dogs, and is excited to learn more about CAFF and to participate in the Youth Advisory Team.




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