GFC Partners with WECF in the Green Livelihoods Alliance
The Global Forest Coalition is pleased to announce that we are a strategic partner of Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF) in the Green Livelihoods Alliance’s “Forests for a Just Future” Program. WECF is engaged as a technical partner on gender and will be closely collaborating with GFC.
“Forests for a Just Future” is a multi-year collaboration between the Netherlands government and several other prominent organizations working on forest conservation: Gaia Amazonas, International Union for Conservation of Nature-Netherlands, Milieudefensie, Non-Timber Forest Products-Exchange Program, Sustainable Development Institute, Tropenbos International and Fern.
The aim of the Green Livelihoods Alliance, which is now in its second five-year phase, is “to ensure that tropical forests and forest landscapes are sustainably and inclusively governed to mitigate and adapt to climate change, human rights and safeguard local livelihoods.”
The program operates in 12 countries around the world and internationally with social movements, civil society organizations and Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities to achieve two main goals: increase their participation in forest governance and land rights policy and strengthen advocacy to hold governments and industries accountable for deforestation and human rights violations.
Around the world, Indigenous and rural communities play central roles in forest governance. However, deforestation and forest degradation increasingly affect the livelihoods and rights of community members, creating and exacerbating inequalities and structural barriers. Hence inclusion and gender perspectives and feminist analysis are essential to the work of forest conservation, promoting the participation and decision-making power of all groups, particularly underrepresented groups. GFC, as a strategic partner of WECF, is providing expertise to support the integration of gender equality into the program in meaningful ways that ensure the success of the Green Livelihoods Alliance’s mission.
GFC is pleased to collaborate with WECF in this alliance to be able to contribute to inclusion, gender equality and feminist approaches in the GLA program and to support transformative change in forest governance.
See the videos below for examples of the work being done within specific countries.