Gender integration within the Mt. Mantalingahan protected landscape

© Conservation International/photo by Lynn Tang
Published: 23 February 2017
Last edited: 02 March 2017
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Summary

While the Mt. Mantalingahan Protected Landscape was designed with input and consent from the indigenous communities living within and adjacent to the area, primarily indigenous leaders (all male) were consulted. We conducted an analysis through documents, interviews and surveys to identify how, and to what extent, both men and women were (and are) involved in management. We used these results to inform development of the new management plan, which is now more gender-informed.

Classifications

Region
Southeast Asia
Ecosystem
Forest ecosystems
Tropical evergreen forest
Theme
Access and benefit sharing
Ecosystem services
Forest Management
Gender mainstreaming
Indigenous people
Protected area governance
Protected area management planning
Sustainable livelihoods
Scale of implementation
Local

Location

Mount Mantalingajan, Rizal, Palawan, MIMAROPA, Philippines

Challenges

This case study highlights many of the same challenges often seen in conservation: an assumption that leaders can necessarily speak for diverse interests and needs, patriarchal cultures where women are not allowed in the decision-making and consultation arenas, and a lack of time/understanding on the part of conservationists to take the extra steps and ensure the voices of less visible constituents are incorporated.

Beneficiaries

All men and women who live in, or use resources from, the Mt. Mantalingahan Protected Area.

How do the building blocks interact?

The gender analysis, using BB1 (gender guidelines), allowed for gathering of specific feedback and recommendations. These recommendations were then used to inform BB2 (integration into the management plan). It was only because of the first BB that the second could occur, and without the ability to integrate recommendations into the management plan, gathering the data would have been insufficient to make any real change.

Impacts

Together with the survey and interview participants, we developed recommendations for making the new management plan more responsive to the needs, interests and priorities of both men and women. These recommendations were accepted by the management board and have been adopted into the new 5-year management plan for the Landscape (which was being drafted). It remains to be seen what the actual impacts of these changes are towards the end of the 5 years; we plan to conduct another assessment at that time. This case study provides a good example of how powerful it can be to provide recommendations at an opportune time (e.g. when a management plan is being updated).

Story

Blog about a female ranger in the area: http://blog.conservation.org/2016/03/on-remote-philippine-island-female-forest-rangers-are-a-force-to-be-reckoned-with/

Contributed by

Kame Westerman

Conservation International

Contributors

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