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An assessment of gender and women’s exclusion in REDD+ in Nepal

This case study is the first in a new series following an assessment jointly conducted by the Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN) and the Himalayan Grassroots Women’s Natural Resource Management Association (HIMAWANTI) Nepal in February 2012. The aim of the case study is to provide a review of the current REDD+ policy, processes and pilots in Nepal from a gender perspective and to highlight the extent to which these have included or excluded women at the national and local levels. The researchers found that there is little emphasis on gender in the REDD+ processes, evidenced by the lack of studies on gender issues proposed in the REDD+ interim strategy and the minimal consultation with women’s groups, and there is also a significant gap in the representation of women at all levels. The report concludes by providing recommendations on how REDD+ initiatives can more effectively include women and attend to gender issues.