Side events

Pre-Conference Training Workshop
Arranged by IUFRO Special Programme Developing Countries (SPDC)
Contact and information Ms. Margareta Khorchidi

Network of Climate Change Risks on Forests (FoRisk)

IUFRO WP 6.08.01 Gender Research in Forestry

August 28 10:00-14:30

Asking the right questions of society-forest system adaptation -- How can a gender perspective help?
Session organisers/chairs:

Gun Lidestav (Dept of Forest Resource Management, SLU, Umeå, Sweden; e-mail;, Janet Chaseling (Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia),  Carol Colfer (CIFOR, Jakarta, Indonesia) and Maureen Reed (University of Saskatchewan, School of Environment and Sustainability, Saskatoon, Canada)



The purpose of the proposed Side event Session is to bring together researchers from forestry/forest management with gender researchers in order to identify and elaborate on some innovative, interesting and important questions as a basis for future multidisciplinary research.  The issue of adaptation of forest and forest management to changes in climate conditions is complex. By adding a gender perspective, the complexity will be even higher; yet, it may help illuminate important aspects of adaptation not otherwise considered. Research related to vulnerability to a range of natural disasters internationally suggests that female life expectancy is more severely affected by natural disasters than male life expectancy. This gap is attributed primarily to lower socioeconomic status of women as well as to social norms and role behaviors that favor male survival. The impacts of climate change may therefore be more severe for girls and women than for boys and men.  Thus, a focus on gender will sharpen the research questions formulated and the results and solutions presented. For example, a focus on gender and the use of feminist frameworks will help us understand how resources, work, time, and power, are distributed across different levels in society and how gender positioning of individuals and social groups affects their vulnerability and adaptive capacity related to climate change.


10:00-10:15 Welcome and Introduction to the session topics.  Gun Lidestav, WP coordinator

10:15-12:00 Confirmed oral presentations (6 x 15 minutes) 

  • Adaptive capacity in forest –based communities ,  PhD Tim B. Williamson, Canadian Forest Service
  • Interrogating Adaptive Capacity of the Society-Forest System through the Looking Glass of Gender: Questions and Prospects  Prof Maureen G. Reed, School of Environment and Sustainability and Department of Geography, University of Saskatchewan
  • Adaptation of forest management among small-scale private forest owners. Kristina Blennow, Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
  • An explorative Norwegian gender perspective on adaptation of forest management among Swedish small-scale private forest owners. Gro Follo, Centre for Rural Research, Norway
  • The role of rural women in biodiversity and ecosystem conservation in Cameroon. Magha Nicoline Chi (Mrs), African Youth Alliance Group Cameroon, Cameroon.
  • Gender and rubber plantations in Laos - local practises in Namtha district, Anna-Klara Nilsson, Department of Social and Economic Geography, Uppsala University

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:30 Poster session:

Individual announcement ( 9 x 1 minute)
Session mingle and refreshments  80 minutes

  • Adaptive communication – How to deal with  target groups diversity and diverse messages. Patrik Häggqvist, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden.
  • Gender and forestry database. Lillemor Lyrén, SLU, Forest Library, Sweden.
  • Legitimacy in multi-level governance – The case of forest certification. Johanna Johansson, Dept of Political Science, Umeå University
  • The balancing act of forest management and reindeer husbandry in Sweden. Per Sandström, Dept. of Forest Resource Management, SLU, Sweden
  • Climate Change and Politics of Forests - Cases from Chile and Sweden. Cristián Alarcón Ferrari, Department of Urban and Rural Development Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences 
  • Landscape approaches to sustainablity: examples from Europe and India. Robert Axelsson, School of Forest Engineering, SLU, Sweden.
  • Livelihoods and the question of forest governance in Ethiopia. Efrem Garedew, SLU, Dept of Forest Resources Management 
  • Forest governance in Sissili province, southern Burkina Faso.  Pascalini Lingani, Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology, SLU, Sweden.
  • Swedish Forest Commons – A matter of Governance?  Eva Holmgren, SLU, Dept of Forest Resources Management , Sweden 


last updated:  Monday, August 4, 2008