Anne Larson: The need for a gendered approach to REDD+

Scientists and indigenous leaders at a gender session at the Global Landscapes Forum – on the sidelines of the annual UNFCCC climate change conference in Lima, Peru – stressed the need to consider how climate change might affect men and women differently, and to incorporate gender into studies of both mitigation and adaptation.

“If we don’t take a gendered approach, we’re likely to do more harm than good for women,” CIFOR Principal Scientist Anne Larson said.

“In the REDD+ context, if the status quo is inequitable then interventions that don’t understand and address those inequities from the beginning are doomed to perpetuate them.”

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