ASEAN sharpens focus on gender in biodiversity conservation
Factoring in gender roles and relations in policy-making is crucial in the success of biodiversity conservation efforts.
This was discussed in a five-day regional workshop last week, which was organised by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) as part of their efforts to build a network of gender practitioners in biodiversity.
Among the common insights that emerged from the workshop is the role of the special knowledge, skills, and experience of women in effective conservation programmes.
In fishing communities, for example, women, who fish and gather shells in mangrove areas, would have different inputs from men, who usually fish at far-off coral reefs.
With representatives from ASEAN Member States and government and non-government organisations as participants, the workshop sought to deepen understanding and build capacity among policymakers and stakeholders in addressing gender and biodiversity issues in the ASEAN region.
Led by Tanya McGregor of the Secretariat of the CBD and CBD Gender Consultant Soma Chakrabarti Fezzardi, the first two days of the workshop were devoted on training trainers in gender mainstreaming, followed by a roll-out exercise where the new trainers facilitated a learning session attended by staff members of the ACB and its country partners.
The workshop also sought to gather inputs to ensure the gender responsiveness of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, which charts the long-term direction of biodiversity conservation and takes the vision of the CBD on “Living in Harmony with Nature” by 2050.