Fostering Women-led Natural Resource Management Reform Amidst Conflict

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This paper is a snapshot of the experiences and insights of rural and indigenous women leaders of the Philippines, and captures the lessons learned from women engaging in the context of land and armed conflict on the island of Mindanao. Women are equal stakeholders in accessing and managing the natural resources of the Philippines. The remaining natural resources are located in rural, upland landscapes holding the remaining biodiverse ecosystems, and are crucial for economic empowerment of the poor. But most of these resources are also located in the corridors of extractive industries which creates potential conflicts. Women have distinct roles from men in these economically valuable, biodiverse landscapes. Gender mainstreaming in the environment and management of natural resources in the Philippines has been given attention through the Engendering Program of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in 1989. However, there are still a very wide range of issues that remain untouched in recognizing women’s key contributions in natural resource management (NRM). Discussions on sustainability and on issues besetting the use and management of the country’s rich natural resources will be made more complete by taking a closer look at the value of the role and contribution of women in natural resource management.

Women are equal stakeholders in accessing and managing the natural resources of

the Philippines. The remaining natural resources are located in rural, upland

landscapes holding the remaining biodiverse ecosystems, and are crucial for

economic empowerment of the poor. But most of these resources are also located in

the corridors of extractive industries which creates potential conflictWomen are equal stakeholders in accessing and managing the natural resources of the Philippines. The remaining natural resources are located in rural, upland landscapes holding the remaining biodiverse ecosystems, and are crucial for economic empowerment of the poor. But most of these resources are also located in the corridors of extractive industries which creates potential conflicts.Women are equal stakeholders in accessing and managing the natural resources ofthe Philippines. The remaining natural resources are located in rural, uplandlandscapes holding the remaining biodiverse ecosystems, and are crucial foreconomic empowerment of the poor. But most of these resources are also located inthe corridors of extractive industries which creates potential conflicts

Authors

Jamisolamin, Joan U.