Gender and Conservation

Recognizing the critical, yet distinct, roles that men and women play in healthy sustainable societies, Conservation International is committed to promoting indigenous and rural women’s roles in conservation, food and water security, livelihoods, and climate change resilience initiatives.



Why is gender an important consideration in conservation?

Men and women often have very distinct gender based roles and responsibilities within society, and interact differently with their environment. For example, women are primary gatherers of water and fuel wood, while men tend to be more active in natural resource management activities. Because their needs and priorities around natural resources often differ, the impacts of environmental policies and programs also differ, sometimes resulting in unequal benefits or costs.

What is CI doing?

Conservation International has always understood that successful, healthy human societies and ecosystems depend on robust, equitable participation by both men and women in conservation initiatives. Through the project Women in Healthy Sustainable Societies, CI is dedicating additional attention and resources to this endeavor, encouraging dialogue, policy, and action to empower indigenous and rural women to more strongly engage in, and benefit from, environmental decision making. CI is building internal capacity to incorporate strong gender-sensitive elements across the organization, as well as engaging with partners in East Africa and Latin America to support gender responsive activities and initiatives.​ 



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