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IUFRO The Advocate for Forest Science.
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Our Working Party aims at developing and disseminating knowledge of how management and use of forest resources affect and are affected by gender, i.e. the social and cultural aspects of being man or woman and how we perceive ourselves individually and collectively. By introducing and exploring the concept of gender in a forest context, we seek to contribute to a better understanding of how resources, work, time, and power, are distributed in forestry in particular and in society in general. The research interests and discussion themes in focus are how gender is constructed and negotiated in different parts of the forestry sector. Research questions asked are e.g. ; How do informal and formal institutions influence men’s and women’s capacities to adapt to present and changing conditions e.g. climate change? Are organizations that work with national and local communities on forestry issues gender sensitive? What impact has gender order within forestry on recruitment and professional development, management practices as well as on people’s perceptions and acceptance of the sector?
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