Enhancing Women’s Participation in Forestry Management Using Adaptive Collaborative Management: The Case of Mbazzi Farmers Association, Mpigi District Uganda

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Key messages

  • Adaptive Collaborative Management (ACM) is a collective problem-solving and management approach in which everyone can participate, contribute knowledge and learn how to solve important challenges together. Here, women’s leadership capacity is demonstrated using this method to achieve the shared vision of a forest user group.
  • Mixed groups of men and women offer pathways for women’s empowerment in forest management, as deliberate support from men boosts the confidence of women and minimizes domestic conflict.
  • Men are important actors in strengthening women’s rights and overall empowerment by supporting them, boosting their morale and allocating them land to plant their own trees.
  • The ACM approach gave local communities ownership, empowering them to restore degraded forestlands and improve their livelihoods by setting up alternative income-generating projects.
  • Strong linkages and networking with supporting institutions, such as the National Forest Authority, are essential to successful forest landscape restoration.

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