• Day 1: Wednesday, 29 August 2018
  • Room: Conference Room 3

Discussion Forum 5: Social inclusion, equity and rights in the context of restoration – lessons from the ground

Conference Room 3

Restoration initiatives come in many sizes and shapes and take place in different environmental and socio-political landscapes. Evidence and experiences have shown that safeguarding the rights of local communities and promoting the voice and influence of their members in an equitable manner must be central in restoration to avoid perpetuating inequalities, to incentivize women and men to contribute to restoration efforts and to provide greater opportunities and enhanced wellbeing for women and men alike.

The objective of this interactive discussion forum is to extract, share and discuss concrete actions and conditions that have hindered or facilitated success in terms of rights, equality and wellbeing of local and indigenous women and men. The forum will feature three different restoration initiatives from East Africa, each presented by a restoration expert with practical experience from the field, followed by interaction with participants. The discussion will also sow the seeds for building an empirically grounded framework for understanding progress – or regression – in terms of equality and inclusion in the context of forest and landscape restoration, and provide guidance on how to integrate robust socioeconomic targets and indicators in national and global restoration efforts.


Solange Bandiaky-Badji, RRI

Janet Kabeberi Macharia , UN Environment

Ross Conroy, Komaza

Cecile Ndjebet, REFACOF

Marlène Elias, Bioversity International

Caroline Nguru, Nairobi Water Fund

Celine Butali, Vi Agroforestry



RRI publications

Legislative Best Practices for Securing Women’s Rights to Community Land

Launched this year, the brief highlights key attributes of national constitutions, laws, and regulations that play a fundamental role in protecting indigenous and  rural women’s rights to community forests and  other community lands.

Power and Potential: A Comparative Analysis of National Laws and Regulations Concerning Women’s Rights to Community Forests.

A 2017 analysis of over 400 national laws and regulations, which evaluates the extent to which women’s rights to community forests are recognized by national law in 30  low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) across Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Video on Power and Potential 

Catalyzing Gender-Forests Actions | Profor Catalyzing Gender-Forests Actions . CHALLENGE. Taking gender into consideration in relation to forests mattersbecause how, why and where men and women access, use and manage forests differs. Being inspired by gender actions in forest landscapes around the world.