Day Two

We are here in Cancun, during COP16 where one of the topics that is making its way through the debate is REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation including conservation and sustainable management of forests), writes Lorena Aguila, Global Senior Advisor on Gender for IUCN.

Lorena Aguilar, IUCN's Senior Gender Advisor Photo: Sarah Horsley - IUCN

Despite the significant expansion in REDD+ initiatives, there are major gaps in how policy is unfolding, particularly with respect to women’s issues. At IUCN we recognize that immediate and long-term benefits can be achieved by involving women in strategy, decision-making, the distribution of benefits, and capacity building.

Based on this, IUCN in collaboration with WOCAN and WEDO, yesterday launched the Global Initiative on Women and REDD+. The overall objectives of the Initiative are to ensure that global and national REDD+ efforts are gender responsive, leverage women’s leadership to mitigate the effects of climate change, align with sustainable development goals and alleviate poverty.

For the occasion, all participants – women and men – who believe that women can make a difference in REDD initiatives wore red scarves to show their solidarity in this important matter.

Work area: 
Climate Change
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