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Women in Forest Governance

by Alison Harvey last modified Aug 05, 2015 01:24 PM

Professor Bina Agarwal

Gender and Green Governance

Economists studying environmental collective action and green governance have paid little attention to gender. Research on gender and green governance in other disciplines has focused mainly on women's near absence from forestry institutions. Professor Agarwal's work asks: what if women were present in these institutions? What difference would that make? 

Would women's inclusion in forest governance - undeniably important for equity - also affect decisions on forest use and outcomes for conservation and subsistence? Are women's interests in forests different from men's? Would women's presence lead to better forests and more equitable access? Does it matter which class of women governs? And how large a presence of women would make an impact? Answers to these questions can prove foundational for effective environmental governance. Yet they have hardly been empirically investigated. 

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