Women and Natural Resource Management

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Commonwealth Secretariat
01 Jan 1996
9781848595804 (PDF)

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This manual which focuses on women in Asia highlights the major issues of environmental degradation, and presents success stories of women promoting environmental management and sustainable development in the region. It provides trainers and extension workers with skills and techniques to train and involve women in conservation activities. It acknowledges the valuable indigenous knowledge which women in Asia possess and emphasises that women themselves must be involved in the identification of their needs.

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  • Foreword

    Women in developing countries are often directly dependant on their local environment and sustainable natural systems for the survival of their families. 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.

  • Women and natural resource management: an introduction

    The rapid degradation and depletion of natural resources and the overwhelming dependence of large sections of the population on these resources for survival, underlines the need to focus on effective management of natural resource in the Asia region.

  • Learning From Rural Women

    Talking to women clearly results in double benefits: we are better informed as a result of talking with them and thus they stand a better chance of getting their points of view taken into account in any work initiated; the women gain from being included in this learning process so that male-biased knowledge does not neglect or adversely affect them.

  • Case Studies in Natural Resource Management

    The women's organisations discussed in this section are grassroots organisations whose members depend on natural resources for subsistence and who have come together to conserve the resource base. Each of the organisations were formed for very specific reasons, but they all demonstrate a common goal and commitment to conservation. They also have some common needs; for example, the need to access resources, credit systems, and information.

  • Conservation Techniques

    Natural resources such as the soil, water, minerals and biodiversity are our natural heritage, sustaining our lives on earth. The human population is therefore dependent on the conservation of these resources, which require the maintenance of an ecological balance.

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