Dryland Forestry

Nurturing Community of knowledge Practice for Women in dryland forests and agrosilvopastoral systems

The WeCaN Community of Practice aims to develop a mechanism for women’s empowerment in dryland regions to be able to connect practices and policies through exchanges and knowledge sharing, learning, and co-design advocacy and knowledge management actions. 

The WeCaN Nurturing Community of Knowledge Practice for Women in dryland forests and agrosilvopastoral systems aims to develop a platform for women’s empowerment in dryland regions. This platform will provide the space for women to connect practices and policies through exchanges, such as knowledge sharing, learning, and trainings, which will allow its members to co-design advocacy, gender mainstreaming, and knowledge management actions. 

This community of practice for women makes use of existing national and regional networks by integrating these networks into a well-organized cluster with the specific objective of extracting and disseminating knowledge, lessons learned, and experiences among the South-South Cooperation countries. The WeCaN community members consist of focal points from grass-root and women’s organizations, civil society organizations, community-based organizations, policymakers, practitioners, public institutions, researchers, and others committed to gender responsive approaches in the dryland areas.  



  • Documentation and Knowledge Production 

This process aims at increasing stakeholder awareness and knowledge of women’s contributions, advocacy, and gender transformative approaches within the framework of sustainable forest and landscape management in dryland regions. The WeCaN members systematize methodologies, approaches, best practices, and program results collected at the national and regional levels, which they use to prepare knowledge outputs, such as case studies, articles, and participatory videos in order to reach a larger external audience. 

  • Dissemination and Outreach  

The lessons learned, methodologies, and best practices collected will be disseminated through the South-South and Triangular Cooperation channels and in ad hoc knowledge-sharing spaces. Actors from similar contexts with similar interests and demands can meet frequently, exchange ideas, and come up with innovative solutions to shared challenges. This participatory approach not only triggers a process of self-awareness among women about the crucial role they play, but also will help them identify constraints and common challenges. 

  • Collaboration, Engagement and Partnership  

Supporting existing policy-making processes and defining common advocacy plans is a crucial WeCaN pillar. In fact, the WeCaN Community helps its members identify common advocacy challenges and provides a situational assessment of these existing processes related to women’s rights and needs in the dryland regions. The WeCaN Community also supports its members in their own policy-making processes by strengthening synergies and collaborations across regions, and providing the space where all members can develop a common advocacy strategy (e.g., advocacy campaign, policy briefs preparation, summits and events participation, etc.) able to connect southern women champions to the policy/advocacy discourse. 

  • Capacities Development Opportunities 

Building and/or strengthening the capacities of network members on knowledge management, gender mainstreaming, and advocacy approaches on sustainable forest and landscape management practices led by women in the target regions and countries. Following the initial phase, which is dedicated to both a needs-capacities assessment as well as a knowledge gap analysis of both contexts and actors, WeCaN will engage its members actively in participatory processes focused on co-designing practices, solutions, and action plans, as well as technical workshops, global conferences, thematic webinars, and peer-to-peer mentoring support.