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As climate advocates increasingly call for nature as the key to healing climate and biodiversity crises, the spotlight on restoration is growing. The recent announcement of a UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, joins previous commitments, which place nature based solution as a key element of solving social and environmental challenges.
With landscape restoration high on the development agenda it is time to consider how to restore more than just the land. Gender-blind restoration efforts are likely to reinforce or even exacerbate pre-existing gender inequalities. Successful restoration relies on the women and men who depend on the landscapes for their livelihoods — and whose rights and wellbeing must be safeguarded and promoted for restoration to be sustainable and just.
This Digital Summit unites researchers, practitioners and advocates working at the nexus of gender and environment to share experiences and strategize about how to ensure an equitable, sustainable and just implementation of the restoration agenda. It will provide a conceptual foundation for addressing gender equality in restoration, with presenters discuss key restoration-related gender dimensions, illustrated through global experiences while identifying new opportunities.
Since the launch of the Bonn Challenge in 2011, governments, companies and civil society groups all over the world have pledged to bring hundreds of millions of degraded lands into restoration by 2030. The Bonn Challenge builds on the Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) framework, aiming to “restore ecological integrity at the same time as improving human well-being”. An increasing body of evidence demonstrates that gender-blind restoration efforts are likely to reinforce or even exacerbate pre-existing gender inequalities. At the same time, numerous studies have found that addressing gender equality can enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of restoration action. Identifying needs, opportunities and good practices for addressing social inclusion and equity in restoration is particularly critical now, as the United Nations recently declared 2021-2030 the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
Gender matters in Forest Landscape Restoration: A framework for design and evaluation
Joint infobrief set on gender equality and forest landscape restoration