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Advancing Gender in the Environment (AGENT)

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AGENT is a ten-year partnership implemented by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This partnership aims to strengthen the integration of gender considerations throughout USAID’s forest and biodiversity programming through resources and tools that increase awareness and capacity.

AGENT supports national, regional and global environmental activities to advance women’s empowerment and gender equality. This support complements USAID environmental efforts by:

  • broadening the reach of USAID’s technical support
  • building evidence for the integration of gender considerations throughout the environmental sectors
  • filling critical information gaps and developing targeted resources and tools that can be applied to Agency programs, training and communications

By recognizing women as agents of change, and valuing the diverse knowledge, experiences and capacities of women and men alike, AGENT works to bridge gender gaps. AGENT envisions a world that approaches environmental work at all levels with gender-responsive policy and action.

AGENT has developed several national climate change gender action plans (ccGAPs) with environmental and gender ministries. These ccGAPs support USAID missions in cross-sectoral environmental programing—particularly in biodiversity, agriculture, fisheries and forestry—while working with partners to ensure the ccGAP informs their collective work and enhances knowledge and training.

In Africa, Asia and Latin America, AGENT has developed knowledge products to highlight innovative gender-responsive REDD+ approaches, including effective national and local level policy and implementation processes. Under AGENT, Uganda, Ghana and Cameroon initiated National Gender and REDD+ Task Forces to ensure women's participation and a gender perspective in REDD+ policy and programing.

AGENT is working to expand the knowledge and tools available on gender and specific sectors, such as combating wildlife trafficking and illegal, unreported and unregulated fisheries, to enhance USAID's impact on the ground.

AGENT works to:

1. Develop new resources and tools

  • Produce factsheets on biodiversity, conservation and gender to inform and guide best practice interventions
  • Develop tools for conducting gender analyses, including sample gender analyses across biodiversity; and combating wildlife trafficking; illegal, unreported and unregulated fisheries; and illegal logging and associated trade sectors
  • Integrate gender into Forest and Biodiversity Office training

2. Curate resources to enhance information sharing platforms

  • Promote the availability of tools to increase awareness and information sharing on gender linkages with forestry and biodiversity
  • Develop and implement outreach to promote awareness of gender tools on forestry and biodiversity

AGENT Resources

Cameroon, Ghana & Uganda’s Gender & REDD+ Roadmaps: A National, Policy-Level Initiative
Dec 13, 2017 · File

Cameroon, Ghana & Uganda’s Gender & REDD+ Roadmaps: A National, Policy-Level Initiative

These Roadmaps—the first of their kind—were produced during the first phase of the project for each country process and identified context-specific gender and REDD+…

The African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests (REFACOF): Empowering African Women to Influence REDD+
Dec 13, 2017 · File

The African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests (REFACOF): Empowering African Women to Influence REDD+

The African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests (Réseau des Femmes Africaines pour la Gestion Communautaire des Forêts, or “REFACOF”) aims to make…

Trees for Global Benefit: Empowering Ugandan Women with Land Concessions and Tree Planting Benefits: A local-level, implementation initiative
Dec 13, 2017 · File

Trees for Global Benefit: Empowering Ugandan Women with Land Concessions and Tree Planting Benefits: A local-level, implementation initiative

Trees for Global Benefit (TGB), an initiative of the Environmental Conservation Trust of Uganda (ECOTRUST), is a cooperative community carbon offset scheme developed to…

 Hariyo Ban: REDD+ for Economic Development in Nepal: A national, local-level initiative
Dec 13, 2017 · File

Hariyo Ban: REDD+ for Economic Development in Nepal: A national, local-level initiative

The Hariyo Ban project—which is named after the Nepali saying “Hariyo Ban Nepal ko Dhan” meaning “healthy green forests are the wealth of Nepal”—is…

The Association of Indigenous Village Leaders (VIDS): Ensuring Community Voices Influence National Policy in Suriname: A local to national policy-level initiative
Dec 13, 2017 · File

The Association of Indigenous Village Leaders (VIDS): Ensuring Community Voices Influence National Policy in Suriname: A local to national policy-level initiative

The Association of Indigenous Village Leaders (Vereniging van Inheemse Dorpshoofden in Suriname – “VIDS”) is an association of indigenous village leaders from every indigenous…

Gender and REDD+ Learning Exchange, 13-15 May 2014: Technical Workshop Summary Report
Dec 13, 2017 · File

Gender and REDD+ Learning Exchange, 13-15 May 2014: Technical Workshop Summary Report

As a first activity under AGENT (then GECCO) in 2014, this workshop marked a significant first step in the organizations’ collaborative effort to enhance…

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