Why gender and restoration?

Countries across the world are making pledges for restoring forest landscapes. These pledges are likely to be implemented through a combination of large-scale restoration and small-scale agroforestry. But these targeted landscapes are seldom just barren, unclaimed lands; they are inhabited by local communities and/or indigenous peoples, who may use the land for various purposes and claim lands even if they are not officially recognized as landowners or land users. This is especially complicated when these unrecognized owners are women, since women’s rights are even less secure under both customary and statutory regimes, and their voices even less heard in key decision making processes.

Past efforts at restoring forests show that excluding these groups and ignoring their claims may undermine the success of restoration efforts and further marginalize them. But, relying on them to restore degraded landscapes and thus only delegating the responsibility without recognizing their right is also not fair.

So the main topics are how can these pledges safeguard the rights of women and indigenous peoples and local communities? And how can women, indigenous peoples and local communities be involved in ways that enhance their access to resources, overall well being and not just rely on and/or further increase their work burdens?

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Gender matters in forest landscape restoration

Delving into Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) and gender equality considerations, this infographic looks at restoration efforts, safeguards, opportunities and more. With a host of benefits available for those practicing restoration also comes risks, and this publications outlines the issues involved and ways to move forward.