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Forest tenure pathways to gender equality: A practitioner’s guide

Virtual launch event 

 29 Jan 2021 9:00-10:00 AM EST
Kongoussi, Burkina Faso. Photo by Ollivier Girard/CIFOR


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There is no one single approach to reforming forest tenure practices for achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment. Rather, it involves taking advantage of opportunities that emerge in various institutional arenas, such as policy and law-making and implementation, government administration, customary or community-based tenure governance, or forest restoration at the landscape scale. The overall aim is to promote the responsible governance of forest tenure so that it serves the interests of both women and men of all backgrounds.

A new practitioner’s guide prepared by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) authors with support from the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) and other donors* explains how to promote gender-responsive forest tenure reform in community-based forest regimes. It is aimed at those taking up this challenge in developing countries.

This sourcebook provides multiple forms of guidance: conceptual ideas, operational direction, good practices, case-study insights, research findings and resources for further exploration. It is designed to support a wide range of practitioners, women and men, from a range of institutions such as government offices, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, donor agencies, women’s organizations, as well as networks and federations.

The practitioner’s guide offers numerous case studies as well as resource materials from across Africa, Asia, and Latin America so that each issue can be explored through real-world experience. Moreover, the guide draws upon the latest manuals and guidance documents available on promoting gender-responsive forest tenure reform.

This guide emerged from several years of research and engagement in multiple countries under CIFOR’s “Global Comparative Study on Forest Tenure Reform”. The project was coordinated by Anne Larson and the late Esther Mwangi.

During this webinar, the author Nayna Jhaveri and editors Anne Larson and Iliana Monterroso will present the guide and answer questions from the audience. Commentary will be provided by the Tenure Facility’s gender focal point Ylwa Renström Svensson and a member of the CGIAR GENDER Platform Elizabeth Bryan.

*CIFOR’s ‘Global Comparative Study on Forest Tenure Reform’ is funded by the European Commission and the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) with technical support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO).

IntroductionAnne Larson, Team Leader, Equal Opportunities, Gender, Justice & Tenure, CIFOR

Presenter: Nayna Jhaveri, book author, Independent Land Tenure Specialist

RemarksYlwa Renström Svensson, Program Officer, The Tenure Facility, and Elizabeth Bryan, Senior Scientist, IFPRI, and CGIAR GENDER Platform Methods Module co-lead

ModeratorIliana Monterroso, Scientist, Equity, Gender, Justice & Tenures team, CIFOR

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