Gender and REDD+ Learning Exchange: Summary Report
This report summarizes a May 2014 workshop that launched the joint USAID-International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Gender Equality for Climate Change Opportunities (GECCO) initiative.
Fifty-two people from more than 20 countries gathered for the workshop, held in Washington, D.C. Participants included leading experts, government officials and development practicioners.
Their aim was to identify lessons and best practices and map steps to advance the gender and REDD+ agenda.
One of the key messages was that REDD+ is a valuable platform for reform—but not in isolation of sustainable development goals and principles. REDD+ offers the opportunity to ‘shine new light on old issues.’ Some of these issues include women’s land ownership, tenure and access, control over resources and access to forest decision-making spheres.
Participants agreed that a priority is to ensure that the lessons from gender and REDD+ efforts—and opportunities that REDD+ may offer— are used to foster cohesive policy and reform related to land use, forestry, gender equality, natural resource management and climate change mitigation and adaptation more broadly.
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