From March 26 to 27, over 60 land-use, forest governance, gender, and climate change experts from public and private sectors gathered in Bangkok for an Asia-Pacific Workshop on women’s inclusion for sustainable forests and climate.

The USAID Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests program organized the workshop through a joint initiative with the UN-REDD Programme and Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management.  Organizers shared results from the joint initiative’s regional scoping reports on gender inclusion in Cambodia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka.

Additionally, participants learned innovative ways to integrate gender perspectives and promote women’s inclusion across a variety of programs. “We’re sparking a wave of dialogue about gender and REDD+.  Ripples are being felt in Africa and Latin America,” said Natalie Elwell, USAID's Senior Advisor for Gender and the Environment.

Source: USAID/RDMA Regional Environment Office Weekly Update