Planning landscape restoration often means evaluating forest health, water flows, or the availability of choice seedlings. It should also mean talking to women.
By Lorena Aguilar
Women are the land users of the world. In most countries they play a large role in managing natural resources for their families’ and communities’ wellbeing.
In Tanzania, where men increasingly migrate for work, women herd livestock and manage family pasturelands.
In Nepal, they the select the crops for family farms.
In Mauritius, they replant lost mangroves.
Yet when large-scale, landscape-level decisions about land use are made, women’s needs and expertise are often not considered, their essential perspectives left out of final plans.
That why we are delighted to introduce a new blog series hosted by IUCN on gender and restoration. Forest landscape restoration is an important and innovative approach to bringing natural function back to degraded land in a way that benefits nature and people. But key questions need to be answered: can women's existing roles and knowledge be leveraged to advance the restoration process? Will a lack of rights to land or title mean women will be left out of this second natural revolution? Can the large and growing global restoration movement benefit women and men alike?
Just this past june, Mrs. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), finalized invitations to the new members of the Advisory Panel of the UN initiative "Momentum of Change".
Lorena Aguilar, Senior Gender Advisor for The International Union fo the Conservantion of Nature has join the expert team. For more than twenty-five years of experience in projects and initiatives involving public policy development and the incorporation of social and gender issues into the conservation of natural resources, Mrs. Aguilar has consolidated the IUCN Global; has authored over seventy publications, including thirty books, on gender, the environment and anthropology and has become herself a keynote speaker at international conferences and congresses on gender, climate change and the environment.
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