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Gender and Forests

Climate Change, Tenure, Value Chains and Emerging Issues, 1st Edition

Edited by Carol J. Pierce Colfer, Bimbika Sijapati Basnett, Marlène Elias


362 pages | 58 B/W Illus.

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This enlightening book brings together the work of gender and forestry specialists from various backgrounds and fields of research and action to analyse global gender conditions as related to forests. Using a variety of methods and approaches, they build on a spectrum of theoretical perspectives to bring depth and breadth to the relevant issues and address timely and under-studied themes.

Focusing particularly on tropical forests, the book presents both local case studies and global comparative studies from Africa, Asia, and Latin America, as well as the US and Europe. The studies range from personal histories of elderly American women’s attitudes toward conservation, to a combined qualitative / quantitative international comparative study on REDD+, to a longitudinal examination of oil palm and gender roles over time in Kalimantan. Issues are examined across scales, from the household to the nation state and the global arena; and reach back to the past to inform present and future considerations.

The collection will be of relevance to academics, researchers, policy makers and advocates with different levels of familiarity with gender issues in the field of forestry.


"The bold experimentation and collaborative learning conveyed in this volume trace an odyssey through which conversations around gender and forests moved from initial dismissive laughter to powerful research and practice ongoing across scales and contexts, scientific disciplines, and diverse ways of knowing and being."Susan Paulson, University of Florida, USA.

"Amid growing recognition of the importance of gender in many aspects of development, many researchers and practitioners are unsure what this means in practice. This volume provides clear guidance, with a clear conceptual framework and case study applications. Although focusing on forestry, it is also relevant to others working on climate change, tenure, and value chains." – Ruth Meinzen-Dick, International Food Policy Research Institute, USA.

"The multiple roles of women in the forest sector are frequently underestimated. This excellent book provides hard and convincing evidence of the need for significant changes in the way that gender issues are dealt with by the forest sector and should be mandatory reading for all current and future forest professionals."John Innes, University of British Columbia, Canada.

"This accessible volume brings together a diverse set of authors and case studies that focus on gender as an important dimension of all aspects of forest use and management. Chapters drawing on experiences from all the world’s regions are usefully connected through a conceptual framework (The Gender Box) that incorporates dynamics of time and space in addressing eleven important topics. Key emerging themes of climate change, value chains, and land tenure are addressed in chapters in the book’s three sections, providing a much needed integration of thinking and practical reflection on the roles and relationships of both women and men."Marianne Schmink, University of Florida, USA.

Table of Contents


Lorena Aguilar

Part 1: Introduction

1. A Gender Box Analysis of Forest Management and Conservation

Carol J. Pierce Colfer, Marlène Elias and Bimbika Sijapati Basnett

2. Gender and the Roots of Community Forestry

Marilyn Hoskins

Part 2: Gender and Climate Change

3. Living Conservation Values: Women and Conservation Easement Protection in Central New York

Virginia Kennedy

4. The Forest Kingdom and Values: Climate Change and Gender Equality in a Contested Forest Policy Context

Sara Holmgren and Seema Arora-Jonsson

5. Gender Gaps in REDD+: Women’s Participation is Not Enough

Anne M. Larson, T. Dokken, Amy E. Duchelle, Stibniati Atmadja, I.A.P. Resosudarmo, Peter Cronkleton, M. Cromberg, William Sunderlin, A. Awono and G. Selaya

6. Forest Conservation in Central and West Africa: Opportunities and Risks for Gender Equity

Helen Harris-Fry and Carlos Grijalva-Eternod

7. Gender and Forest Decentralization in Cameroon: What Challenges for Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change?

Anne-Marie Tiani, Mekou Youssoufa Bele, Richard Sufo, Eugene Chia and Alba Saray Perez Teran

8. Gender and Vulnerability to Multiple Stressors, including Climate Change, in Rural South Africa

Sheona Shackleton, Leigh Cobban

9. Unveiling the Complexity of Gender and Adaptation: Feminization of Forest and Drought-Induced Men’s Migration in Mali

Houria Djoudi and Maria Brockhaus

Part 3: Gender and Tenure

10. Women and Tenure in Liberia and Cameroon

Solange Bandiaky-Badji, Cecile Ndjebet, Julie T.B. Weah, and Jonah Meyers

11. Gender Dynamics in Odisha’s Forest Rights Act

Priyanka Bhalla

12. Tenure vs. Territory: Black Women’s Struggles in the Pacific Lowlands of Colombia

Kiran Asher

Part 4: Gender and Value Chains

13. Gender and Forest, Tree and Agroforestry Value Chains: Evidence from Literature

Verina Ingram, Merel Haverhals, Sjoerd Petersen, Marlène Elias, Bimbika Sijapati Basnett and Sola Phosiso

14. Untamed and Rare: Access and Power in DRC’s Emerging Luxury Bushmeat Trade

Gina LaCerva

Part 5: Longstanding and Emerging Gendered Issues

15. Gendered Knowledge Sharing and Management of Shea (Vitellaria paradoxa) in Central-West Burkina Faso

Marlène Elias

16. Gender, Migration and Forest Governance: Re-Thinking Community Forestry Policies in Nepal

Bimbika Sijapati Basnett

17. Revisiting Gender and Forestry in Long Segar, East Kalimantan, Indonesia: Oil Palm and Divided Aspirations

Rebecca Elmhirst, Mia Siscawati and Carol J. Pierce Colfer

Part 6: Conclusions

18. Conclusion: Looking Forward in Gender and Forestry Research and Praxis

Marlène Elias, Bimbika Sijapati Basnett and Carol J. Pierce Colfer

About the Editors

Carol J. Pierce Colfer is a Senior Associate, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and Visiting Scholar, Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University, USA.

Bimbika Sijapati Basnett is Gender Coordinator at CIFOR, based at its headquarters in Indonesia.

Marlène Elias is a Gender Specialist at Bioversity International, based in Malaysia.

About the Series

The Earthscan Forest Library

The Earthscan Forest Library

This series brings together a wide collection of volumes addressing diverse aspects of forests and forestry and draws on a range of disciplinary perspectives. Titles cover the full range of forest science and include the biology, ecology, biodiversity, restoration, management (including silviculture and timber production), geography and environment (including climate change), socio-economics, anthropology, policy, law and governance. The series aims to demonstrate the important role of forests in nature, peoples’ livelihoods and in contributing to broader sustainable development goals. It is aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers, professionals, policy-makers and concerned members of civil society. Authors or editors of potential new titles should contact Hannah Ferguson, Editor (

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / Forestry