Dr. Bina Agarwal’s Gender and Green Governance

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By Supriya Kumar

Few economists studying gender roles and green governance have linked the two together and looked at the impact of increasing women’s participation in environmental collectives.


Dr. Agarwal’s Gender and Green Governance looks at the impact women have in conserving natural resources (Photo credit: Bernard Pollack)

Most research focuses on the near absence of women at these institutions, but no one really discusses whether increasing women’s presence will have an impact, and what that impact would be, for conservation. Dr. Bina Agarwal, Director and Professor at the University of Delhi’s Institute of Economic Growth,  has authored a new book, Gender and Green Governance, which addresses these wide ranging issues providing a link between environmental economics, politics and gender.

Using data on community forestry institutions in India and Nepal, Dr. Agarwal provides the history behind women’s omission from social institutions, the barriers that still prohibit their participation, as well as how these barriers can be overcome. In doing so, she addresses the real impact that women make in forest governance by answering such vital questions as: are women’s interests in forests different than men’s? Would increasing women’s decision making power in institutions lead to better forest conservation? How large of a presence do women need to have in order to make a difference?

In addition to gender and governance, Dr. Agarwal provides important input on issues such as forest conservation, renewable energy policy and social inclusion. Using both qualitative and quantitative analysis, yet written in a non-technical manner, this book offers essential information on the role of women in the management of natural resources.

Click HERE to purchase the book.

To read more about the role of women in other conservation efforts, see: Forming Groups and Transforming Livelihoods, Helping Women Improve Their Livelihoods and the Environment and Innovation of the Week: Using Traditional Strategies to Address Water Problems

Supriya Kumar is a Communications Associate for the Nourishing the Planet project.

To purchase State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet please click HERE. And to watch the one minute book trailer, click HERE.

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