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The UN-REDD Programme has recently released a new paper on Approaches and Experiences on Gender in REDD + Processes in Latin America: Lessons from Chile, Ecuador, Panama and Peru.

In the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region, people, the forest and land are inextricably linked. At the same, the region faces overexploitation of natural resources, in which almost 64 million hectares, or 7%, of its forest area were lost to the region between 2000 and 2010.[i]  LAC is also the world’s most unequal region[ii], with the highest rates of violence against women and important unresolved gender disparities.[iii]

Within this context, while both women and men rely on natural resources for their livelihoods, given the roles they play in communities, their relationships with forests are distinct and diverse. Such social and gender roles and stereotypes have placed women at a disadvantage in the region, creating persistent gender gaps and inequitable distribution of resources, power and responsibilities. The fragile environmental situation, coupled with these unequal power relations, has made it difficult for women to obtain equal access, use and control of environmental resources as well as participate in and contribute to REDD+ action.

To address these barriers and integrate the valuable knowledge and skills of both women and men in the conservation and sustainable management of forests, the UN-REDD Programme has been taking deliberate steps to support countries in integrating a gender approach in their efforts on REDD+ within the region.

Experiences have emerged from this support, and demonstrated the importance of the differentiated view of women and men and the significant contribution of women’s perspective in the policies and measures addressing the causes of deforestation and forest degradation.  To promote further knowledge exchange on this topic and support countries in integrating a gender perspective within their REDD+ action, the UN-REDD Programme has recently released a new paper on Approaches and Experiences on Gender in REDD + Processes in Latin America: Lessons from Chile, Ecuador, Panama and Peru. Available in Spanish, this paper is a product of collaboration between the UN-REDD Programme, UNDP country offices, and the REDD+ teams from Chile, Ecuador, Panama and Peru.  The case studies showcase:

  •       Chile’s efforts in integrating gender into its REDD+ process and National Strategy for Climate Change and Vegetation Resources;
  •       Steps taken in Ecuador to mainstream gender in the preparation of REDD+ action;
  •       How women’s voices and perspectives were captured and integrated within Panama’s process on “Active-Listening of the Forest”; and
  •       Efforts taken to integrate gender as a cross-cutting element within capacity building with indigenous peoples of the Peruvian Amazon.

This paper helps to address a current lack of guidelines which concretely and pragmatically illustrate how to integrate gender issues in the sustainable management of forests and more broadly, climate change responses. It also seeks to help break down gender barriers around natural resource management and support countries in advancing gender equality as a catalyst for sustainable development within their REDD+ efforts.

Article prepared by Elizabeth Eggerts

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Credit: UN-REDD TS / UNDP, Peru. Capacity building workshops in Yurimaguas, 2016

[i] FAO (2011). The State of Food and Agriculture. Women in agriculture: Closing the Gender Gap for Development. Available at

[iii] UNDP (2016). Regional Human Development Report for Latin America and the Caribbean Multidimensional progress: well-being beyond income.