The 2017 ITF Annual Event will take place this Saturday 24th June at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in London. This year, we’ve chosen to bring together a panel of specialists to discuss the topic of women and sustainable community forestry. We’ll be asking the question – ‘Women: the driving force for sustainable comunity forestry?’
Forests contribute to the livelihoods of 1 in 6 people globally. They are a vital part of our planet’s ecosystem, and we all rely on trees to survive.
Women are often the main users of forest resources. Rural women living close to forests can rely on them for firewood, fodder, non-timber forest products like fruits, nuts and leaves, or medicines. As such, women play a leading role in natural resource management, although this is not widely recognised. Women often face many barriers – legal or social – which can prohibit their active engagement in decision making.
Recognising the vital role that forests play for communities the world over, ITF’s Annual Event will discuss the role that women play in conservation and community forestry. Bringing together a panel from different backgrounds, the morning will be a fascinating discussion on the themes of forestry, female leadership, environmental conservation and gender.
All are welcome to come along, listen and get involved in the debate. You can register via this link or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet the Panel, Chair and Contributors
Rebecca Farnum is a PhD Researcher in Geography, where she explores discourses of environmental peacebuilding, particularly around food and water in the Middle East and North Africa. Her work considers relations between various social groups and nature as well as connections between nature and peace. While her work is not explicitly about gender, gendered elements are prevalent throughout and eco-feminist perspectives core to her analytical framework. She is a member of the Geographies of Justice, Gender & Feminist Geographies Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society. Rebecca will lead the discussion with the panellists and audience.
Louise Tarrier is CFO at TreeSisters, a global movement of women working to reforest the tropics. TreeSisters currently fund the planting of 1 million trees a year in the tropics, and aim to plant 1 million per month the end of the year, through their global community of TreeSisters. Louise has been involved with TreeSister’s journey since the beginning, becoming an active volunteer in 2015. Louise is passionate about life, the planet, the trees, and in particular being a water protector. She believes that when we are in deep connection with our passions and life purpose, we come into the right relationship with our community and the wider environment, and that living our passion is the birthright of all.
Cécile Ndjebet has a Master’s degree in Social Forestry from the Wageningen Agricultural University in The Netherlands. Cécile is a highly experienced development specialist who mainly devotes her work on mainstreaming gender into development: training, advocacy, scoping, planning and evaluation. Cécile has been a Trainer of Trainers for more than 15 years. She is also the National Coordinator of a national NGO in Cameroon and the President of a women’s network composed of 14 African country members engaged in forestry, REFACOF. Unfortunately, Cécile cannot join us in person, but hopes to contribute via video.
Kate Schreckenberg is a Trustee at International Tree Foundation and an Associate Professor in Environmental Science at the University of Southampton where her teaching and research focus on governance of natural resources. She is also Director of the UK government’s research programme on Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation. Kate is interested in ensuring that funding enables women, youth and other marginalised groups to establish tree-based initiatives as a basis for achieving more sustainable livelihoods.
Paul Laird has over 20 years’ experience of managing forestry, agricultural and rural development projects in Africa. He currently manages ITF’s portfolio of Programmes and works with community partners on the ground. Paul has a particular interest in exploring ways in which local involvement in conservation and restoration of forests and ecosystems can contribute to sustainable livelihoods for rural communities.