Gender integration within the Mt. Mantalingahan protected landscape

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Publicado: 23 Febrero 2017
Última edición: 02 Octubre 2020
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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
Sudeste Asiático
Scale of implementation
Local
Ecosystem
Bosques tropicales de hoja perenne
Ecosistemas forestales
Theme
Actores locales
Cultura
Gestión y planificación de áreas protegidas y conservadas
Gobernanza de las áreas protegidas y conservadas
Incorporación de la perspectiva de género
Manejo de bosques
Medios de vida sostenibles
Poblaciones indígenas
Servicios ecosistémicos
Challenges
Cambios en el contexto socio-cultural
Falta de conciencia del público y de los responsables de la toma de decisiones
Deficiente vigilancia y aplicación de la ley
Deficiente gobernanza y participación

Ubicación

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.

¿ Cómo interactúan los building blocks en la solución?

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/

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