Keep up to date on the latest CIFOR publications

Keep up to date on the latest forestry research with the CIFOR Publications Newsletter. CIFOR publishes over 400 publications every year on climate change, forest landscape management, landscape restoration, gender, policy, economy and much more in multiple languages.

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


Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Altmetric score:

Download Option:

Export Citation

Related viewing

Top