This training video targets community forestry practitioners to improve gender equity on the ground. The video explains the concept of gender equity in the context of forest communities and highlights best practices for achieving gender equity.
Shot in Vientiane in Lao PDR and the Baan Thung Yao community forest in Thailand, the video features grassroots and institutional knowledge and experience, on forest governance and management practices. The video is produced by USAID-funded programs Grassroots Equity and Enhanced Networks in Mekong (GREEN Mekong) and Lowering Emissions in Asia's Forests program (USAID-LEAF).
The best practices highlighted in the video are sourced from a joint study produced by Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN), the United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (USAID-LEAF) project.
The video is also informed by the case study produced by RECOFTC – Gender and community forests in a changing landscape: Lessons from Ban Thung Yao, Thailand
The study is the result of a Joint Regional Initiative to examine specific challenges and barriers that prevent the inclusion of women and the integration of gender perspectives in REDD+ in Asia-Pacific; identify practical entry points; analyze existing good practices; and share knowledge through multi-sectoral and stakeholder dialogues for the replication of successful outcomes.
The study analyzes men and women’s specific roles, responsibilities and rights by identifying the levels of participation in using, managing and governing forests and forest resources, in the context of a community forest in Ban Thung Yao village of Northern Thailand. The study highlights different gender roles, responsibilities, traditional knowledge and wisdom in community forestry, and its influence on resource use and management
The training manual on improving grassroots equity in the forests and climate change context aims to develop the knowledge and capacity needed among grassroots facilitators to implement genuinely participatory processes for improving grassroots equity in forest-based climate change policy frameworks, mechanisms and initiatives.
The main objective of this booklet is to support local trainers and facilitators who already have a basic understanding of climate change and REDD+, for climate change initiatives or REDD+ related training programs.