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Men and women: Partners in Conservation

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Around the world, men and women use natural resources differently. As a result, they are affected differently by changes to these resources. Yet too often, these differences are not understood or acknowledged. In many places, women are frequently denied access to resources, have limited power in decision-making, and their knowledge and ideas are often discounted. Conservation International aims to ensure that men and women can fully engage in, and equitably benefit from, conservation and livelihoods initiatives.

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Why is it important?

 If women come together, they can have more impact than any agreement, than any negotiations, because we know that the future — it’s coming from us.

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Conservation International Indigenous Fellow

Our role

We seek to understand gender considerations in conservation and use this knowledge to improve conservation effectiveness as well as inform policy that responds to the different needs of men and women.

Effective conservation practice

Conservation International builds awareness and skills among staff and partners to understand and respond to the unique experiences, contributions and priorities of women and men with respect to conservation. We aim to position Conservation International as a model of effective, gender-integrated conservation, providing tools, skills and examples to shape conservation at-large.

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Women’s Leadership in Conservation

Women play a key role in environmental stewardship, yet persistent barriers including land and resource rights, formal education and exclusionary decision-making processes can result in conservation efforts that are inequitable and unsustainable. Furthermore, women are often the most vulnerable to climate change, natural disasters, and environmental degradation. We partner with women and their organizations to support women’s leadership in conservation decision-making.

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Influencing policy and best practice

Using our field lessons, Conservation International supports efforts to integrate gender into conservation policy, finance and global practice, ensuring that incentives and accountability are in place to fulfill the rights and needs of women and men.

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Related content

Learn how Conservation International (CI) is working across all levels, from the Paris Climate Agreement to on-the-ground field work, to empower women to address climate change. For more information about the CI Emerald Circle community, visit: www.conservation.org/emeraldcircle

Webinar: Empowering women to address climate change

Learn how our Emerald Circle community is working across all levels, from the Paris Climate Agreement to on-the-ground field work, to empower women to address climate change.

What can you do?


Beatrice Lempaira from the Maasai tribe in Northern Kenya explores...

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The Global Environment Facility’s Open Online Course on Gender and Environment touches on biodiversity, water, and climate change.

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