CPF Calls for Greater Role for Women in Forest Management

1 March 2011: In advance of International Women's Day, celebrated on 8 March, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has issued a press release highlighting that women are the main users of forests in developing countries, but that they are often not included in management decisions.

The release describes the increasing importance of REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, including conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks) in international climate negotiations, and notes that the 2011 UN International Year of Forests acts as a platform to highlight women's involvement in forest management decision-making. The release highlights that while participation of women has risen in forest management at national and international policy levels, at the local level the engagement of females is often limited to attendance and passive involvement. The release also describes the forthcoming review of gender and agroforestry in Africa to be published by the World Agroforestry Centre in April 2011.

CPF is a voluntary arrangement among 14 international organizations and secretariats with substantial programmes on forests. The Partnership's mission is to promote the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forest and strengthen long-term political commitment to this end. [CPF Press Release]