Regional Dialogue on the Inclusion of Women in Landscape Management in Asia

WOCAN in collaboration with The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) and The Forest Dialogue will hold a 3-day Regional Dialogue on the Inclusion of Women in Landscape Management in Asia, in Chiang Mai, Thailand from October 7-9, 2014.

The dialogue will present varying perspectives of members of civll society, the private sector, governments, international agencies and communities on the challenges and good practices of including women in landscape-related decisions, interventions and investments to achieve sustainable management of land. The event is supported by the Stockholm Environment Institute.

Background

Over the next 30-40 years, food, fiber, and fuel production will compete even more intensively for limited and water resources. For the world to feed its growing population without destroying natural systems, decisions need to be made carefully but urgently with the participation of all key stakeholders. While women play an important role in natural resources management and protection they are still largely excluded from related benefit sharing schemes, governance and policy-making processes.

This dialogue will provide a platform for stimulating discussions and knowledge-sharing, and will be an opportunity to learn of concrete ways in which to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment within land-use related sectors and industries as well as inform regional and global debates about the future role and value of forests in relation to food, fuel, and fiber.

Objectives

  • Contribute learnings and recommendations to the 4 Fs Dialogue (Food, Fuel, Fiber and Forests)
  • Inspire/Contribute to change practices in the institutions attending the dialogue
  • Contribute to the regional knowledge of these issues within The Forest Dialogue

The recommendations and conclusions from the dialogue will be used to inform TFD’s 4Fs Initiative.  The results will be presented at the COP 20 of the UNFCC in Peru in December as well as in a variety of other fora.

Agenda

The first day of the Dialogue will include field visits to Ban Thung Yao’s Community Forest, to meet and listen to community members - men and women on issues of inclusion of women. Thiland Country Program of RECOFTC  has been studying the local developments, achievements, and best practices in Ban Thung Yao, where the important role women play in local forest management illuminates the value of equal gender participation and representation, and offers many lessons that can be shared with other natural resource-dependent communities. Read more about Women as Drivers of Change in Ban Thung Yao’s Community Forest.

The objective of the field visit is to help participants understand key challenges and opportunities for women’s inclusion in landscape-related decisions. Based on the field visits, a facilitated dialogue will continue for two days.