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Gender and participation in natural resources, baseline survey

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Contributors: Mari H. Clarke

Gender analysis provides information that enables community leaders and project staff to adjust to changes in conditions and respond to new problems more effectively by identifying problems and opportunities, developing new approaches that are socially acceptable, and tracking access and impact of activities among various social subgroups. This study sought to document gender roles in natural resource management in Albania and to identify ways that the Albanian Private Forestry Development Program (APFDP) could increase women's participation in projects. In addition, baseline data of participation was documented for future comparisons. It is generally recognized that men have more leisure time and less work than women in Albania. It is clear that women play an important role at the interface of agriculture and natural resource management in most communities. The major constraint on women's participation in APFDP activities is their heavy labor burden and the limited time they have available. Collaborative activities with projects that have the goal of reducing women's labor burden could help give women time to address and participate in protecting forests and pastures. Women are also isolated from each other. A recent Land O Lakes project to improve dairy quality has been successful due in part to the opportunities it provided for women to interact. Many people were aware of problems in their communities that limit them from improving their lifestyles, such as the need for non-agricultural work or for a community health center, but they feel that they can do nothing to solve these problems. Providing training to women, leaders and other interested parties on organizing interest groups would greatly improve the integration of women and social subgroups in conservation and improvement projects.

Author(s): Mari H. Clarke

Publication Date: 1999

Location: Albania

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