In the Congo Basin, women and men carry out quite similar livelihood activities – farming, hunting and collecting various forest products – but in very different ways. Research on forests and gender suggests this differences should be taken into consideration when designing forest management strategies.

Certain REDD+ projects, while helpful for men, have been shown to pose a risk to the livelihoods of women. Evidence shows that assessing the specific needs and attitudes of both women and men early on in pilot REDD+ projects helps not only to promote fair implementation, but also with overall success rates.

In this interview, an expert from the Center for International Forestry Research provides useful information in regard to the specific difficulties REDD+ creates for women, as well as about the ways gender can be taken into account when tackling deforestation and degradation.
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