Reviewing the role of women in forest governance in Nepal (2013-2016)

women-nepal-290x210Federation University Australia researchers, Dr Wendy Wright and Dr Soma Pillay are working with the Nepalese Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation and PhD student, Ms Radha Wagle, to review the role of women in the forest bureaucracy in Nepal.

Nepalese women are the primary users of forests because of their associated household responsibilities. The pattern of resources used by women implies that they hold special knowledge related to forest resources management. The inclusion of women in forestry related planning and a policy making processes is desirable in order to utilize and incorporate women’s resource management knowledge and skills but also to address their own interests, needs and priorities.

Nepalese rural women have low literacy rates and little involvement in public spheres. As a result there is limited access to national level policy making, planning and implementation. There is still only a poor and relatively uninfluential representation of women at policy levels in forestry institutions such as in the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation and its subsidiaries.

This research will investigate the opportunities and challenges involved in: a) promoting women’s participation in forest bureaucracy; and b) establishing an influential role for women in forestry governance.

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Dr Wendy Wright