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Catalyzing Gender-Responsive Forest Restoration and GHG Emissions Management
The project aims to advance efforts on the link between gender-response livelihoods, forest restoration and sustainable landscape management in Brazil
WRI Brasil’s initiative Catalyzing Gender-Responsive Forest Restoration and GHG Emissions Management in Pará State, Brazil aims to advance efforts on the link between gender-response livelihoods, forest restoration in a changing climate and sustainable landscape management approaches including low-carbon cattle ranching in the Amazon biome.
Brazil is no stranger to climate change. As as an agricultural superpower, approximately two-thirds of Brazil’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions derived from agriculture and land-use change in 2014 (SEEG, 2015). This places Brazil in 7th position for global rankings on highest emitting countries. Regarding climate impacts, recently the country has been impacted by severe weather, such as heavy rains and severe drought, including in the Amazon.
Agriculture and agribusiness are key influencers in shaping Amazonian landscapes and rural communities and are also the main drivers for forest deforestation. Rural communities are vulnerable to climate change impacts, often lacking the necessary capacities to adapt and build resilience to oncoming climate impacts.
Due to gender inequalities, women are disproportionately more vulnerable to climate change than men. This is due to a mix of socio-economic and structural factors, for instance rural women in Brazil represent a third (32.3%) of the total population with no income.
A significant challenge thus is how to establish a sustainable landscapes management approach that allows the Amazonian state to maintain the development of its agricultural sector whilst reducing ecosystems degradation and enhancing rural communities, particularly womens’ resilience to climate change.
WRI Brasil’ researchers have three main objectives in Pará:
To promote training sessions on gender-responsive forest restoration approaches with women leaders and workers and female-led cooperatives and institutions;
To raise awareness on forest restoration opportunities to policy-makers in the Pará state and to support an official forest restoration commitment by the local government by the end of 2018;
To promote low-carbon agriculture techniques in the agriculture and cattle ranching sector to measure and manage GHG emissions based on the GHG Protocol for Agriculture tool.