Story | 26 Jun, 2011

arborvitae Issue 43 - Attending to gender

  • Women and forest ownership: Providing secure tenure rights to both genders can promote sustainable forest management and poverty alleviation.
  • Feature: Now is the time for the forestry and environment community to recognize that women are primary stakeholders of forest management schemes.
  • Women and community forestry: Women spend significantly more time in forests than men do.
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Photo: IUCN

“If we ignore gender, there is no doubt that we will fail in our efforts to strengthen forests’ contribution to poverty reduction, biodiversity conservation and sustainable development… This edition of arborvitae, produced jointly with IUCN’s Senior Gender Advisor, takes a fresh look at some of these issues and considers how gender is being addressed both on the ground and in policy discussions on climate change and REDD. By highlighting the importance of gender during this International Year of Forests, we hope to help move the debate forward and centre to give it the recognition that it deserves.”

Stewart Maginnis, Head of IUCN's Forest Conversation Programme
Lorena Aguilar, IUCN Senior Gender Advisor