A call for more resources to support rural and indigenous women in forest management

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Women in rural areas of Darfur (UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran)

Rural and indigenous women have developed strong interactions with their environment.

And they play an essential and central role in general and in sustainable management of resources.

That's what the President of African Women's Network for Community Management of Forests Ms. Cecile Ndjebet told the UN Forum on Forests taking place in Istanbul, Turkey.

She said rural and indigenous women are one of the main actors in sustainable forest management and economic development in almost all the developing countries.

"Unfortunately, the rural women and indigenous women have not been benefiting from the specific attention they deserve. This is why the women's major groups call on the governments, UN, the UNFF Secretariat, other decision-makers and donors to recognize the work, the knowledge and special needs of women and include them as leading partners in all matters relating to sustainable forest management and forest-based economic development".

Ms, Ndjebet also called for land and forest tenure reforms in order to ensure ownership right to rural and indigenous women; facilitate the effective participation of women in their countries' forest and land tenure reform processes; develop specific funding mechanism for the women that will help them improve and enhance their participation to the sustainable development of their countries in general, through the sustainable management of forests and the development of women forest-based community enterprises.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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