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Gender, land use and land use change: the net gains for men and women across generations

Isilda Nhantumbo

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Successful implementation of sustainable environment and land use practices will depend on how gender and generation issues are addressed at strategic and implementation level.

The underlying causes of land use, and environmental and climate change are defined by the needs of men and women. Such needs include daily subsistence as well as demand for food, energy, timber and other products elsewhere in the domestic and international markets.

Search for income, employment opportunities, generation of state revenue and other factors determine the extent of drivers and actors involved. How can these goals be reconciled in order to meet sustainability and improved wellbeing of men and women that depend on land resources?

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Women from poor, forest-dependent communities play a key role in the management of forests, and yet they are frequently marginalised from decision-making in communities. This is a problem as gender equity is essential for tackling more sustainable forest management, and to achieving the aims of REDD+, which aims to reduce emissions and conserve forests in specific countries.

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Gender and REDD+

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