Mainstreaming gender in regional biodiversity projects

Gender analyses are critically important for identifying and understanding how women can contribute to environmental solutions — and disadvantaged when they are not considered.
AGENT provided gender technical support for USAID’s Regional Coastal Biodiversity Project in Central America (RCBP). This included a gender analysis for one of the project sites where information was gathered by conducting workshops and focus groups with local women and men.

As a result of AGENT’s technical guidance, RCBP included information and strategies to address key gender issues, such as interventions to support women’s participation in local fisheries value chains and identifying gender indicators for its Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Plan. AGENT also supported the project in leveraging entry points to mainstream gender into local sustainable management plans, which included gender being integrated in regional communications strategies on the importance of women’s roles and contributions toward the sustainable management of coastal biodiversity and related resources.

Jackie Siles, a technical gender specialist from IUCN works with local women stakeholders to support project implementers in gender-responsive programming for the Regional Coastal Biodiversity Project.
Women from the project site work with IUCN experts to inform how the project can not only approach effective wetlands management equitably, but to also advance the roles and economic empowerment opportunities the women envision for themselves.
Women from the project site showcase their skills – as well as underscoring the importance of fisheries and gleaning products for their livelihoods.