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(AGENT) Advancing Gender in the Environment

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AGENT is a ten-year partnership implemented by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This partnership is aimed at strengthening the integration of gender considerations throughout USAID’s forest and biodiversity programing through the development of new resources and tools that increase awareness and capacity on gender issues.

AGENT provides an array of support for national, regional and global environmental activities to advance women’s empowerment and gender equality. AGENT’s support is designed to complement 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 directly applied in Agency programs, training and communications. 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.

Over the past few years, AGENT has developed several national climate change gender action plans (ccGAPs) with environmental and gender ministries. These ccGAPs are supporting USAID Missions in their cross-sectoral environmental programing, particularly in biodiversity, agriculture, fisheries and forestry, while working with partners to ensure the ccGAP informs their collective work and enhancing knowledge and training in these critical areas.

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

AGENT is currently working on expanding 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.

Current AGENT activities to support USAID’s Office of Forestry and Biodiversity

1. Developing new resources and tools

  • Producing factsheets on biodiversity, conservation and gender to inform and guide best practice interventions
  • Developing 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
  • Integrating gender into Forest and Biodiversity Office training

2. Curating resources to enhance information sharing platforms

  • Promoting the availability of tools to increase awareness and information sharing on gender linkages with forestry and biodiversity
  • Developing and implementing 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+…

 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…

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…

 
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