Gender, The Environment and Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific

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This publication is the first Asia-Pacific report that comprehensively maps out the intersections between gender and environment at the levels of household, work, community and policy. It examines gender concerns in the spheres of food security, agriculture, energy, water, fisheries and forestry, and identifies strategic entry points for policy interventions. Based on a grounded study of the reality in the Asia-Pacific region, this report puts together good practices and policy lessons that could be capitalized by policymakers to advance the agenda of sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific.



Gender inequality and sustainable fisheries and forestry

Developing countries around the world have decentralized the management of fisheries and forests to the community level (Leisher and others, 2016). It is imperative to go beyond the community to figure out the place of women in the management of these two resources. Both sectors have specific jobs that are typically undertaken by men and women. The work done by women largely remains outside the ambit of official accounting systems, thereby staying “invisible” for effective policy interventions. There is also the cross-cutting issue of recognizing women’s knowledge and capacities in the management of resources. While this chapter emphasizes women’s participation, it also focuses on the importance of understanding the type of participation that women have access to.


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