Women’s ethnobotanical knowledge and medicinal knowledge are often unexplored and undervalued. Only when the knowledge and contributions made by women are clearly ackowledged and valued will it be possible to promote effective patricipation of women in decision-making processes regarding the conservation and distribution of medicinal plants at the local and international levels.
Each contracting party of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) must develop National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) which must include the active involvement of all social groups. This factesheet highlights examples of how different countries included gender in their NBSAPs.
This factsheet explains the important role of women around the world in protecting biodiversity, including agricultural biodiversity, medicinal plants, protected areas, and tropical forests.