Wednesday, November 20, 2013


PUBLICATION: Scoping Study of Good Practices for Strengthening Women’s Inclusion in Forest and Other Natural Resource Management Sectors

A report examining specific challenges and barriers that prevent the inclusion of women and the integration of gender perspectives in REDD+ in the Asia-Pacific region has been released:

Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN), The United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in developing countries (UN-REDD) Programme, and the USAID-funded Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF) program initiated a Joint Initiative in 2012 in response to the need to identify practical entry points for women’s inclusion in Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). Although there has been a growing recognition of the importance of gender equality in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meetings since Bali, there remains a limited amount of positive action in determining methods to materialize the goals currently in the process of development at the international level. The aim of this scoping report, therefore, is to examine the diversity of good practices within the forest and other land-use sectors on women’s inclusion with a view to draw out key enabling conditions that have facilitated women to participate and benefit from policies, institutions and practices −both formal and informal at all levels.

These practices are organized into those identified as government policies, institutional policies or practices of government departments, NGOs, local authorities or private companies, and those developed by communities themselves. Through the scoping study, ten such enabling factors or interventions were identified. These offer insights and practical interventions for ensuring effective women’s inclusion in REDD+ initiatives. The scoping report primarily covers experiences from within Asia, but also includes additional exemplary cases from outside the region.
Specifically, this report provides a basis upon which multi-sectorial- stakeholder dialogues and workshops in three selected countries (Cambodia, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka) will be the next step of the Joint Initiative. The dialogues aim to stimulate reflection on the reasons behind the persistence of women’s exclusion from the forest sector; the subsequent workshops with policy makers aim to develop country-level action plans for creating effective women’s inclusion in REDD+ initiatives.

The aim of this Scoping Study, identifying the enabling factors, and the subsequent dialogues is to provide those actors responsible for REDD+ design and implementation with suggestions for practical entry points, and to generate national and global attention to the need for these actions. By doing so, the Joint Initiative hopes to contribute to steps that reverse the historic exclusion of women in the forest sector, and ultimately to improve the overall effectiveness of REDD+.

Full report available here (pdf).

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