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Gender and Forests. Climate Change, Tenure, Value Chains and Emerging Issues

This enlightening book brings together the work of gender and forestry specialists from various backgrounds and fields of research and action to analyse global gender conditions as related to forests. Using a variety of methods and approaches, they build on a spectrum of theoretical perspectives to bring depth and breadth to the relevant issues and address timely and under-studied themes.

Focusing particularly on tropical forests, the book presents both local case studies and global comparative studies from Africa, Asia, and Latin America, as well as the US and Europe. The studies range from personal histories of elderly American women’s attitudes toward conservation, to a combined qualitative / quantitative international comparative study on REDD+, to a longitudinal examination of oil palm and gender roles over time in Kalimantan. Issues are examined across scales, from the household to the nation state and the global arena; and reach back to the past to inform present and future considerations.

The collection will be of relevance to academics, researchers, policy makers and advocates with different levels of familiarity with gender issues in the field of forestry.

Table of Contents


Lorena Aguilar

Part 1: Introduction

1. A Gender Box Analysis of Forest Management and Conservation Carol J. Pierce Colfer, Marlène Elias and Bimbika Sijapati Basnett

2. Gender and the Roots of Community Forestry Marilyn Hoskins

Part 2: Gender and Climate Change

3. Living Conservation Values: Women and Conservation Easement Protection in Central New York. Virginia Kennedy

4. The Forest Kingdom and Values: Climate Change and Gender Equality in a Contested Forest Policy Context. Sara Holmgren and Seema Arora-Jonsson

5. Gender Gaps in REDD+: Women’s Participation is Not Enough. Anne M. Larson, T. Dokken, Amy E. Duchelle, Stibniati Atmadja, I.A.P. Resosudarmo, Peter Cronkleton, M. Cromberg, William Sunderlin, A. Awono and G. Selaya

6. Forest Conservation in Central and West Africa: Opportunities and Risks for Gender Equity. Helen Harris-Fry and Carlos Grijalva-Eternod

7. Gender and Forest Decentralization in Cameroon: What Challenges for Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change?. Anne-Marie Tiani, Mekou Youssoufa Bele, Richard Sufo, Eugene Chia and Alba Saray Perez Teran

8. Gender and Vulnerability to Multiple Stressors, including Climate Change, in Rural South Africa. Sheona Shackleton, Leigh Cobban

9. Unveiling the Complexity of Gender and Adaptation: Feminization of Forest and Drought-Induced Men’s Migration in Mali. Houria Djoudi and Maria Brockhaus

Part 3: Gender and Tenure

10. Women and Tenure in Liberia and Cameroon. Solange Bandiaky-Badji, Cecile Ndjebet, Julie T.B. Weah, and Jonah Meyers

11. Gender Dynamics in Odisha’s Forest Rights Act. Priyanka Bhalla

12. Tenure vs. Territory: Black Women’s Struggles in the Pacific Lowlands of Colombia. Kiran Asher

Part 4: Gender and Value Chains

13. Gender and Forest, Tree and Agroforestry Value Chains: Evidence from Literature. Verina Ingram, Merel Haverhals, Sjoerd Petersen, Marlène Elias, Bimbika Sijapati Basnett and Sola Phosiso

14. Untamed and Rare: Access and Power in DRC’s Emerging Luxury Bushmeat Trade. Gina LaCerva

Part 5: Longstanding and Emerging Gendered Issues

15. Gendered Knowledge Sharing and Management of Shea (Vitellaria paradoxa) in Central-West Burkina Faso. Marlène Elias

16. Gender, Migration and Forest Governance: Re-Thinking Community Forestry Policies in Nepal. Bimbika Sijapati Basnett

17. Revisiting Gender and Forestry in Long Segar, East Kalimantan, Indonesia: Oil Palm and Divided Aspirations. Rebecca Elmhirst, Mia Siscawati and Carol J. Pierce Colfer

Part 6: Conclusions

18. Conclusion: Looking Forward in Gender and Forestry Research and Praxis. Marlène Elias, Bimbika Sijapati Basnett and Carol J. Pierce Colfer