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Sustainable Community-Based Forestry Development: A Policy and Programme Framework to Enhance Women's Participation

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Conventional development theory and practice have often failed to recognise the centrality of women in sustainable resource management. A conceptual shift in environment and resource policies, planning and programmes is required to affirm that women are active participants rather than passive recipients of change. To address the need for enhanced women's participation in community-based forestry development, this paper focuses on the policy and programme elements important in the design and implementation of successful community forestry projects. Consequently, the intention of this paper is to increase the awareness of planners and decision-makers regarding methods of operationalising women's participation in community-based forestry. Building upon previous work from aid agencies and other researchers, a range of institutional, organisational, socio-cultural and project elements are identified. These elements provide a comprehensive framework of the policy and programme issues requiring consideration when promoting women's participation in successful community-based forestry activities.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Geomatics International Inc., Ontario, Canada 2: Department of Geography, Faculty of Environmental Studies, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Publication date: June 1, 1997

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