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Call for Offers: Research on the Gendered Impacts of Extractivism on Forest Communities

The Global Forest Coalition (GFC) invites our member groups to submit research contributions to our next issue of Forest Cover and other outreach materials that will highlight the gendered impacts of extractivist policies and projects on forests and forest-dependent communities in your countries.

The objective of the research is to provide a feminist perspective on extractivism and highlight the gender-differentiated impacts of extractive industries (such as mining, fossil fuel exploitation, logging and large-scale monocultures, and related infrastructure), on forests and those who depend on forests for their livelihoods, including men and women in all their diversity. This issue of Forest Cover  is being jointly coordinated by GFC’s campaigns on Gender Justice and Forests and Extractive Industries, Tourism and Infrastructure.

To guide your data collection for this research, we have developed a set of questions, a first draft of which is below. Researchers are free to provide additional information and perspectives in addition to the data requested. Please note that, for this issue, You do NOT have to write an article based on your research findings. Instead, to facilitate the participation of member groups working in non-dominant languages, GFC will compose short articles in English on the basis of the data you provide. Of course, all contributors who are selected will have an opportunity to review the final version of those articles during July and August 2022. 

The case study process will be developed following the below steps:

  1.  Before Friday 27 May 2022, send your application to submit research. You are asked to answer the following questions:
  • Which extractive project or sector will you address? (one line)
  • In what geographical region are its main impacts being felt? (one sentence)
  • Which forest regions are most affected in your country? (one short paragraph)
  • Which group(s) of people are the most affected and why? (one short paragraph)
  • What is the estimated economic value of the extractive project or sector? In terms of (expected) monetary contribution to the country’s GNP? Other economic indicators (net value, profits, tax contribution) are welcome (only if you can access this data, otherwise it can be documented during the study)
  • How many direct jobs does the project/sector claim to provide? Additional data on indirect jobs and gender differentiation are welcome (only if you can access this data, otherwise it can be documented during the study)
  • How much land has been/is being converted for the project or sector? (only if you can access this data, otherwise it can be documented during the study)
  • Is there an estimation of the greenhouse gas emissions of the project or sector? (only if you can access this data, otherwise it can be documented during the study)
  • Any other worthwhile environmental data, like the impact on marine and/or freshwater resources? (only if you can access this data, otherwise it can be documented during the study)
  1. In June, you will collect the necessary data, based on the attached questionnaire
  2. By 1 July, submit the collected data. First two weeks of July: GFC will write draft articles about  the cases and send them back to each partner (researcher), for revision and feedback
  3. Last weeks of July: Writing final articles
  4. August: Final review, translation, layout and publication

Additionally, we would like to ask each researcher (data collector) to submit:

  • A brief testimony from at least one local woman affected by the extractive project or sector you investigate 
  • At least three high quality photographs demonstrating the gendered impacts of the project or sector on forests and forest-dependent communities
  • Additional outreach materials including short video materials, podcasts and artwork we can use for outreach and advocacy campaigns (i.e. free of copyrights) if possible

We are able to offer a financial contribution of 1040 Euro to each offer that is selected, provided that the completed questionnaire, testimony and photographs are submitted before 1 July 2022. BUT the “Early birds” who submit all materials before 21 June 2022 will receive an extra compensation of 260 Euro (so 1300 Euro in total).

Materials may be submitted in English, Spanish, French or Russian. If you need support with translation from other languages, please let us know.

Please submit your interest in submitting a research proposal before Friday 27 May to kwadodzi@yahoo.fr  with the subject “GFC – Gender/ETI data”

GFC member groups from all regions are welcome to apply.

 

Annex

Key questions for the Gender analysis of drivers of deforestation by extractive activities

These guiding questions help to analyse how women and other underrepresented groups in forest communities are involved in, impacted by, and benefit from extractive activities. 

General questions

  •  Which extractive project or sector are you addressing?
  • Where are its main impacts? Please include coordinates or a map if possible. 
  • Which forest regions are most impacted in your country? Please include coordinates or a map if possible. 
  •  What is the estimated economic value of the extractive project or sector? What is its (expected) monetary contribution to the country’s GNP? You may include any other economic indicators (net value, profits, tax contribution).
  •  How many direct jobs does the project/sector claim to provide? Additional data on indirect jobs and gender differentiation are welcome.
  • How much land has been/is being converted for the project or sector?
  • Is there an estimation of the greenhouse gas emissions of the project or sector?
  • Any other worthwhile environmental data, like the impact on marine and/or freshwater resources? Please add terrestrial biodiversity and ecosystems/forest. 

Impacts 

  • How does the extractive project or sector in forest communities affect people differently based on their gender, age, class, ethnicity, location (geography) and other factors? Do these factors influence their rights to access forests, clean water, land, seeds, etc?.
  • What local/national measures/policies exist to protect these groups? Are local people aware of them?
  • Are the physical threats to the safety and security of women, girls and children properly assessed in the planning and implementation of the extractive activity?
  • Are there any local case studies, testimonies and/or gender-disaggregated data that can tell us more about who is affected by the extractive activity? How has this information been used?
  • Review/describe implementation of laws/policies protecting women, if any. 

 

Benefits of the extractive activity

  • How do local women and men, girls and boys from forest communities benefit differently from an extractive activity? What obstacles do women and other underrepresented groups confront to benefit from these interventions? Do they overcome these obstacles and if so, how?
  • Does the extractive activity provide opportunities for the economic, political, cultural, and physical empowerment of women, men, girls, boys and elders? 
  • What is the destination of the extracted resources?

 

Access to resources, information, and decision-making

  • Do women and other underrepresented groups in forest communities affected by extractive activities have access to decision-making about the management/governance of the local resources? If so, through what mechanisms?
  • Are these groups properly informed and consulted in the identification, design, implementation, and evaluation of the extractive activity?
  • What are the main barriers for women and other underrepresented groups to access information/consultation? 
  • How might unequal access to resources (land, water, forest) and information/decision-making act as a barrier for women and other underrepresented groups to defend/protect their rights, benefit from the project, or experience exploitation and violence in the context of extractivism? 
  • What social and customary norms play a role in facilitating or hindering women’s access to key natural resources (land, water, forest) and decision-making? 
  • Is unequal access to and control over resources perceived by members of the community as fair or unfair?

 

Useful resources:

        Gender Impact Assessment and Monitoring tool https://www.women2030.org/the-gender-impact-assessment-and-monitoring-tool/

        Gender Analysis Guidelines https://www.mfat.govt.nz/assets/Aid-Prog-docs/Tools-and-guides/Gender-Analysis-Guideline_0.pdf

        Impact assessment: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tiap20/39/3?nav=tocList&

18 May, 2022
Posted in News, Extractive industries, tourism and infrastructure