Ensuring gender-responsive forest-focused mechanisms
By joining with WOCAN (Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resources Management) and WEDO to launch the “Global Initiative on REDD+ and Gender Equality” in 2010, IUCN GGO began promoting gender-responsive global and national REDD+ efforts to protect women’s rights and leverage women’s leadership to mitigate climate change. Under a USAID-funded partnership, IUCN GGO organised a gender and REDD+ learning exchange workshop that brought together representatives from two dozen REDD+ countries. Numerous knowledge products on gender and REDD+ followed.
With a strong institutional focus on forests, including through REDD+ mechanisms and Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR), IUCN has worked to mainstream gender into sub-national, national and global mitigation and adaptation agendas since the early stage of the climate change negotiation process.
With support from Danida, IUCN GGO, in collaboration with WEDO, facilitated participatory, multi-stakeholder processes in Cameroon, Ghana and Uganda to establish roadmaps for dynamic gender mainstreaming in national REDD+ agendas in 2011; in following years, technical support to Gender Task Forces ensured that the actions identified in the countries’ Gender and REDD+ Roadmaps were implemented. A similar process was facilitated in Mexico, with MREDD.
FLR efforts are in full swing in dozens of countries around the world, and IUCN GGO continues to ensure that restoration opportunity assessments are gender-responsive, participatory and promote women’s engagement as change agents and as equal beneficiaries.
IUCN has piloted gender-responsive FLR in Brazil, Rwanda and Malawi and is investigating opportunities to develop initiatives in Mozambique, Congo, the Caucuses and Eastern European countries, as well.