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Thursday 30 January 2020 (16:00 – 17:15 CET)

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The Dgroup on REDD+ and Forest Governance, hosted by FAO and supported by the UN-REDD Programme, is happy to announce its third webinar, the first for 2020. 

During the “Empowering rural and indigenous women in forest-related climate actions” webinar, experts and field practitioners will walk us through national and 

international experiences on gender, forestry, and climate change linkages and challenges.

Through the perspectives of the speakers and the reflections from several gender experts, the webinar aims to provide both a conceptual and practical understanding of key issues related to this crucial topic. You are invited to participate interactively in the webinar, by posting your questions and sharing your own views to enrich the discussion.

Join us on 30 January 2020

16:00 – 17:15 Rome (CET)

10:00 – 11:15 Panama/Lima (EST)

10:00 – 11:15 Washington DC and NY (EDT)

18:00 – 19:15 Nairobi (EAT)

The participation space for this webinar is limited. Please register here to ensure your spot.

Communication tool: Zoom Webinar (download, or via web)

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Speakers/ Commentators

Opening and introduction quiz

(5 mins)

Ms. Amanda Bradley

Gender specialist for REDD+, FAO

Gender and empowerment of rural women for climate change – context setting

(10 mins)

Ms. Patricia M. Kristjanson

Senior Gender, Agricultural Systems and Forest Landscapes Specialist, Environment and Agriculture Global Programs

World Bank Group


Country case: Empowerment of Women for climate action in the forestry sector of western Honduras

(15 mins)

Ms. Karla Caceres

Project officer for monitoring and evaluation, PROMUCLIMA, FAO-Honduras with the support of Adelayda Valetin, Gender Specialist, FAO-Honduras and Berta Maldonado, Forestry expert and

Reaction and open discussion 

(25 mins)

Facilitated by Ms. Francesca Felicani Robles, Forestry Officer, REDD+ Legal Matters, FAO


Ms. Silene Ramirez, Gender Justice Manager, Rights, and Resources Initiative (5 minutes)

Mr. Mauro Bottaro, FAO Forestry Gender Focal Point(5 min)

Q&A (15 minutes)

Poll on future topics

(5 mins)

Help us improve and let us learn from your needs on future webinars (facilitated by Ms. Francesca Felicani Robles)

Wrap up

(5 mins)

Ms. Serena Fortuna

REDD+ Forestry officer, FAO

 Biographies of Featured Speakers & Commentators


Ms. Patricia M. Kristjanson  

Senior Gender, Agricultural Systems and Forest Landscapes Specialist, Environment and Agriculture Global Programs, World Bank Group

Patti Kristjanson advises on project, program and strategy design in the context of international development for the World Bank. She has over 20 years of experience as an agricultural systems analyst, project leader, manager, and designer, and gender and livelihoods specialist with the CGIAR based in Africa. An Agricultural Economist by training, she shifted 15 years ago from figuring out how to better analyze economic, social and environmental impacts of food systems research, to understanding and promoting new partnership-centric approaches with much greater impact on poverty reduction and sustainable food systems through innovative linking Knowledge with Action approaches.


Ms. Karla Caceres

Project Officer for Monitoring and Evaluation, FAO Honduras

 Ms. Caceres is in charge of the project planning, monitoring and evaluation for "Empowerment of Women for Climate Action in the Forestry Sector of Western Honduras" (in short: PROMUCLIMA).  The PROMUCLIMA project started in 2018, is financed by the Global Affairs of Canada and implemented by FAO.  The project – whose progress will be featured during the webinar - aims to reduce rural poverty and greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation by generating and strengthening the technical and business capacities of rural and indigenous women and youth. The project, always with a gender-responsive lens - also works with forest-related local institutions and organizations to improve the management and use of the forests in 12 municipalities of the departments of Santa Barbara and Lempira.

Ms. Cáceres holds a Master of Science (M.S.) in Integrated Watershed Management from CATIE, a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Forestry from Iowa State University and has studied at the National School of Forest Sciences (ESNACIFOR), in Honduras. She has professional experience as coordinator in project planning, monitoring, and evaluation, and covered the positions of Director of the Atlantic Forest Region and Head Department of Watersheds and Environment within the National Institute for Forest Conservation and Development (ICF) of Honduras.


Ms. Silene Ramirez

Gender Justice Manager, Rights and Resources Initiative

Silene joined the Rights and Resources Initiative in 2014 and has played various roles within the Secretariat. As a member of the Latin American program, she worked throughout the region on topics related to Indigenous Peoples' and Afro-descendant communities' collective tenure rights, community forestry, and community and indigenous women’s leadership and governance. She is now the Gender Justice lead at RRI, where she coordinates the Coalition's gender justice engagement in the three regions. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio with an M.A. in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality studies and holds a B.A. in International Relations from the National University of Costa Rica. In her home country, Costa Rica, she worked with Amnesty International’s Regional Office with the program Stop Violence Against Women and collaborated with the Women Rights Department at the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights.

Mr. Mauro Bottaro

Forestry Gender Focal Point, FAO

Trained as a sociologist and anthropologist with experience in gender, rural development, and youth, Mauro currently serves as the forestry department-wide focal point at FAO.  He has specialized knowledge of issues related to food security, rural institutions and governance, and field experience in Niger, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Ghana, and Morocco.  He also played a key role in supporting FAO’s Dimitra Project. Dimitra is a gender-sensitive, information and participatory communication project, which contributes to improving the visibility of rural populations, women, and youth in particular, through access to information and the exchange of experiences.

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