Recent book by Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) 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. Gender and Forests: Climate Change, Tenure, Value Chains and Emerging Issues will become open access in the near future, and ahead of this, CIFOR has published two related blog stories that highlight the books message on the need to examine gender issues through more nuanced approaches.
In the rural areas, migration affects greatly people's livelihoods and the management of forests,but forestry policies have yet to recognize its importance and impact. Unpacking migration and gender in Nepal’s community forests argues that migration brings both benefits and burden for women, but in order to understand the impact on community forestry management, a more nuanced approach into social relations and gender roles is needed.
In the second blog, gender equality is examined under changing land use over a period of 40 years. Backwards from gender equality: Oil palm’s impact on Dayak women examines how women's roles and status have changed together with the expansion of oil palm and timber plantation, as well as the influx of migrants.
Third of the blog in this series will focus on women and India's Forests Rights Act and it will be published soon.