This enlightening book brings together the work of gender and forestry specialists from various backgrounds and fields of research and action to analyse global gender conditions as related to forests. Using a variety of methods and approaches, they build on a spectrum of theoretical perspectives to bring depth and breadth to the relevant issues and address timely and under-studied themes. Focusing particularly on tropical forests, the book presents both local case studies and global comparative studies from Africa, Asia, and Latin America, as well as the US and Europe. The studies range from personal histories of elderly American women’s attitudes toward conservation, to a combined qualitative / quantitative international comparative study on REDD+, to a longitudinal examination of oil palm and gender roles over time in Kalimantan. Issues are examined across scales, from the household to the nation state and the global arena; and reach back to the past to inform present and future considerations. The collection will be of relevance to academics, researchers, policy makers and advocates with different levels of familiarity with gender issues in the field of forestry.
"The bold experimentation and collaborative learning conveyed in this volume trace an odyssey through which conversations around gender and forests moved from initial dismissive laughter to powerful research and practice ongoing across scales and contexts, scientific disciplines, and diverse ways of knowing and being." - Susan Paulson, University of Florida, USA. "Amid growing recognition of the importance of gender in many aspects of development, many researchers and practitioners are unsure what this means in practice. This volume provides clear guidance, with a clear conceptual framework and case study applications. Although focusing on forestry, it is also relevant to others working on climate change, tenure, and value chains." - Ruth Meinzen-Dick, International Food Policy Research Institute, USA. "The multiple roles of women in the forest sector are frequently underestimated. This excellent book provides hard and convincing evidence of the need for significant changes in the way that gender issues are dealt with by the forest sector and should be mandatory reading for all current and future forest professionals." - John Innes, University of British Columbia, Canada. "This accessible volume brings together a diverse set of authors and case studies that focus on gender as an important dimension of all aspects of forest use and management. Chapters drawing on experiences from all the world's regions are usefully connected through a conceptual framework (The Gender Box) that incorporates dynamics of time and space in addressing eleven important topics. Key emerging themes of climate change, value chains, and land tenure are addressed in chapters in the book's three sections, providing a much needed integration of thinking and practical reflection on the roles and relationships of both women and men." - Marianne Schmink, University of Florida, USA.