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Jakarta Post

To save forests, women call for inclusion in REDD talks

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

CANCUN, MEXICO   /   Wed, December 1 2010   /  10:13 am

Nepalese housewife Manohara Khadka believes rural women are the best protectors of local forests.

For rural women, the forest is a source of livelihood, providing fuel and food, she said. Because of that, women do their best to care for the forest.

Women, however, have so far been excluded from international discussions on protecting forests —the so-called REDD talks.

REDD stands for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and is a plan to do just that — reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

With the REDD plan in place, countries are required to reduce deforestation and receive financial benefits in return.

“Women have been excluded from the discussions, meaning they are not considered stakeholders,” Khadka said. “It also sends the wrong message to women that REDD will end community ac...