World Forestry Congress 2015

Forests and People: Investing in a Sustainable Future

7 - 11 September 2015, Durban, South Africa
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Gender matters in forestry – challenges and opportunities

A growing body of research highlights the significance of gender in forestry, from divisions of labor to differences in forest access and decision-making. As gender relations perpetrate the politics and economics of natural resource management, lack of attention to gender by policy makers and practitioners risk both meeting the environmental targets as well as causing adverse impacts for women. Carefully drafted gender-sensitive policies and interventions on the other hand, could also help transform unequal gender relations in forested landscapes.

This event brings together policy makers, researchers and development practitioners to discuss challenges and solutions gender integration in forest policy and practice, in the present day as well as in the post-2015 agenda. This event will also launch the reports “Mainstreaming gender into forest policies in Asia and the Pacific” by the FAO.


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