Are women important in sustainable forest management
Colfer, C.J.P. 2001. Are women important in sustainable forest management . Report no.47 In: Gun Lidestav (ed.). Women and forestry: how can gender research contribute to a more sustainable forest management: proceedings of the XXI IUFRO World Congress, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Research Group 6.18.00, August 7-12, 2000. :48-56. Umea, Sweden, Umea, Sweden, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Department of Silviculture. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Department of Silviculture.
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This paper provides three types of evidence demonstrating women’s importance in forest management. The first draws on Colfer’s extensive, long term ethnographic experience in the forests of the United States and Indonesia---showing the various ways in which women participate in local, informal forest management; the second draws on her participation in a criteria and indicators project (in Cote d’Ivoire, Brazil, Indonesia, Cameroon, Austria, and the United States)---showing similar evidence, based on short term studies; and the third involves a systemic analysis of factors affecting forests and human well being. This last traces the links among women’s status, women’s education, women’s involvement in wage labour, human health, population, and forests.