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Challenges for women’s participation in communal forests: Experience from Nicaragua’s in digenous territories

Challenges for women’s participation in communal forests: Experience from Nicaragua’s in digenous territories

This paper analyzes sex-differentiated use, decision-making and perceptions regarding communal forests in indigenous communities of Nicaragua’s Atlantic coast. Methods include a survey, focus groups, participant observation and adaptive collaborative management processes over a two-year period. Results revealed that while a higher percentage of men than women participate in the harvest of eight forest products, women participate substantially in product sales and have some control over income. A majority of men and women believe that women participate in decision-making, but that participation was of low efficacy. Women face significant obstacles to effective participation in forest decision-making in the community: weak community organization, pressure by spouses, difficulty organizing among themselves and informal sanctions. Improving meaningful participation of women in decision-making requires addressing challenges and obstacles at multiple levels; obstacles at the communal level, where the future of the forests will be decided, cannot be overcome without attention to the household.

Authors: Evans, K.; Flores, S.; Larson, A.M.; Marchena, R.; Müller, P.; Pikitle, A.

Topic: women's participation, gender, forest governance, Community-based forest management, indigenous people, natural resources, participation

Geographic: Nicaragua

Publication Year: 2017

ISSN: 0277-5395

Source: Women's Studies International Forum 65: 37-46

DOI: 10.1016/j.wsif.2016.08.004

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