What is YEE

Youth and Environment Europe (YEE) is the largest independent European network of environmental youth organizations. YEE unites 52 member organisations coming from 30 countries.

Our mission is to unite environmental youth non-profit organisations in Europe. YEE goal is to mitigate the climate crisis by:
– raising awareness and building capacity among youth on the climate crisis;
– enhancing international cooperation and knowledge-sharing among our members;
– strengthening the participation of youth in environmental and climate decision-making processes.

YEE was founded as the European region of the International Youth Federation for Environmental Studies and Conservation (IYF) in 1983. YEE is a member of the United Nations Environment (UNEP), European Environmental Bureau, and European Youth Forum, and a co-founding member of the EU4Ocean Coalition. Our HQ is in Prague, Czech Republic.

All activities and projects of YEE are organised and carried out by young people under 30. YEE organises, facilitates and supports projects and campaigns aiming to increase the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the environment and the awareness of climate issues among young people in Europe. We are also an active hosting organisations for the European Solidarity Corps volunteers.

YEE’s mission

YEE aims to unite environmental youth non-profit organisations in Europe. Its goal is to mitigate the climate and biodiversity crisis by:

  • Raising awareness and building capacity among youth on the climate crisis.
  • Enhancing international cooperation and knowledge-sharing among our members.
  • Strengthening participation of youth in environmental and climate decision-making processes.

Take a look at the YEE promotional materials.

YEE’s main activities

YEE is a member organisation of:

YEE History

Youth and Environment Europe was founded as the European regional branch of the International Youth Federation for Environmental Studies and Conservation (IYF) on the 3rd of August 1983 in Stockholm. The YEE office has been located in three locations. The first YEE office was based in Copenhagen.

IYF established YEE with the cooperation of 15 organisations. Three founding organisations are still members of YEE: Faltbiologerna (Sweden), DJN (Germany), and JNM (Belgium).

In 1986, after the work of a research group on the forest, a new organisation was born from YEE: the European Youth Forest Action (EYFA) that remains active today.

In 1990 the YEE office moved to it’s second location in Utrecht, the Netherlands to locate it more centrally to the member organisations being part of the network at that time.

In 1991, as a further subgroup from EYFA, ASEED started to work as a separate network.

For some years in the 1990’s, a member organisation from Malta hosted a second YEE office in order to deal with the Mediterranean issues closely.

In 1998, the third change of the location of the office occurred. This time the medieval stronghold Toulcuv Dvur in Prague was chosen. Toulcuv Dvur is an ecological center that unites a range of ecological, educational and cultural activities. The area consists of eight hectares of land including wetlands around a little stream. After spending more than 10 years in Toulcov Dvur, the YEE office moved again but this time within Prague. Since the beginning of 2020, the YEE Office is located in the beautiful district of Vinohrady, close to the city centre.

Currently YEE unites 53 member organisations from 28 countries.

From 2003 YEE started to host volunteers who help as members of the office team in daily work of the organisation. From 2020 we are also providing online volunteering opportunities, currently hosting 2 online volunteers and 6 youth advocacy officers. YEE offers internship opportunities for young people beginning their career in the environmental sector to develop their knowledge and skills.

In 2020, YEE became a founding member of the EU4Ocean Coallition and Generation Climate Europe.

Today, the office team consists of the Secretary General , Projects Manager, Finance & Office Coordinator and 2 volunteers.