Women and Natural Resource Management

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Commonwealth Secretariat
01 Jan 1996
9781848595651 (PDF)

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This manual is a practical contribution to promoting the provision of training for women in conservation and natural resource management. It aims to provide trainers and extension workers with the skills and techniques to train and involve women in conservation activities. Its methodology depends upon drawing out and utilising women’s indigenous technical knowledge and properly identifying their needs and priorities.

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  • Foreword

    Most women in Africa are directly dependent on their local environment and sustainable natural systems for their own and their families survival. They spend the greater part of their time tending, gathering, conserving and using natural resources. As daily managers of the living environment they are experienced in the management of agriculture and food production, fisheries, forests, soil, energy and water resources.

  • Introduction

    In 1990 the Women & Development Programme of the Commonwealth Secretariat initiated a three-year project to develop training programmes for women in natural resource conservation.

  • Learning from Rural Women

    Don't bother talking to the women. What do they know? They just spend their time collecting dung and fuelwood. You are educated people, these women have nothing to tell you.

  • Women's Organisations for Conservation

    The aim of this section is to look at successful attempts to mobilise women for rural development and analyse the conditions and the ingredients of success. The Case Studies are drawn from hot tropics/temperate zones, savannah and arid areas. This range of agro-ecological zones is intended to cover a diversity of ecological, socio-economic, cultural and technological backgrounds.

  • Conservation Techniques

    This section of the Training Manual brings together a brief description of some simple techniques and methods which have been applied in conservation projects and a series of case studies which show how groups of rural women have used these ideas. This section is not meant to be a textbook, field manual or guidebook. It does not have all the recipes for a successful project but it should encourage groups to ask questions, discuss ideas and seek advice from technically qualified people.

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