Report: Technical Training on Gender Integrated Planning in Climate Change/REDD+ in Attapeu, Lao PDR
This report covers a technical training in Laos in 2013 on integrating gender into REDD+ planning.
It was part of a regional training series that is providing state forestry agencies and women in targeted communities with guidelines to develop gender equitable plans. The report notes that women have not been systematically recognized as stakeholders in REDD+ initiatives and, consequently, have not been involved in related discussions and activities. It is critical, therefore, to address this gap through capacity building.
The training itself included key concepts on climate change and its linkages with gender. In addition to building capacity on gender integration within key agencies, it advocated training and support where REDD+ activities are being carried out at the district level in Laos.
The training included key concepts on gender-integrated planning and how to conduct gender analysis. It also included a field activity in Kaxom village, in Samakhyxay district in Attapeu province. Participants collected data through interviews and then analyzed key issues related to women’s roles in decision making in the forestry sector, their control over resources and their position within the community. They then created results-based gender integrated planning frameworks.
Participants said they planned to disseminate lessons learned; increase awareness of women’s roles, rights and responsibilities in forestry; conduct gender analysis; integrate gender and livelihood issues into forest management planning; and promote women’s leadership.