Forest Landscape Restoration and Women's Rights

NYDF Global Platform All Topics Restoration and Reforestation Forest Landscape Restoration and Women's Rights

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    Nicole DeSantis
    Nicole DeSantis

    Restoring the world’s forests: What does it mean for women’s rights?

    CIFOR Forest News explores the risks and opportunities for gender equality in Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR): “A big issue for gender and FLR is around land tenure. That is, on what land is restoration taking place? In areas where women don’t have land titles they’re not necessarily included as stakeholders in the FLR process at all. Then again, in many countries or in many contexts you have women planting trees, you have women nursing the seedlings, but in 20 years’ time it might be that they’re not able to reap the benefits.”

    Recognizing many stakeholders need to be involved, one of the key actions identified in the article is the need to implement and ensure that the principles of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) are upheld and implemented in a gender-responsive way.

    Dear NYDF community members, from government to project implementation staff to indigenous peoples and local communities, how are you integrating FPIC into restoration policies and programs? Are gender-responsive aspects considered and incorporated into restoration policies and programs that you work on or that impact your community? If you  are working in this area, what specific strategies have worked well for ensuring women’s rights in FLR?


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