APFW 2019

Session 5: Youth and gender inclusion in forestry

Women in forestry

19 June 2019 | 15:30-17:00

Participants in “Youth and gender inclusion in forestry” will work to strengthen the fundamental theme of Stream 2: inclusive and equitable cooperation. Youth and women are marginalized in forestry decision-making and implementation. Yet, they are greatly affected by decisions made by others. Excluding these two demographics has serious consequences for building resilient forest landscapes. 

Women and youth play a pivotal role in natural resource management. A recent discussion paper by UN Women and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) shows increasing participation leads to improvements in local natural resource governance, conservation efforts and more sustainable livelihoods.

Leading voices on youth and gender in the forestry sector will analyze the roles of youth and women in forestry and their implications for social forestry management. Discussions will identify interventions to support the roles of youth and women in forestry decision-making at all levels.


Pedcris M. Orencio, Program Head, Research and Development Department, The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)

Kalpana Giri, Senior Program Officer, The Center for People and Forests

Isabelita Austria, Chief, Community Forestry Section, Forest Management Bureau, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Philippines

Bharati Pathak, Chairperson, Federation of Community Forestry Users (FECOFUN), Nepal

Ei Ei Swe Hlaing, Assistant Director, Forest Research Institute, Forest Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, Myanmar

Oindrila Basu, Councilor of External Affairs, International Forestry Students Association (IFSA)