Women and Natural Resource Management

A Manual for the Africa Region

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This manual is a practical contribution to promoting the provision of training for women in conservation and natural resource management. It aims to provide trainers and extension workers with the skills and techniques to train and involve women in conservation activities. Its methodology depends upon drawing out and utilising women’s indigenous technical knowledge and properly identifying their needs and priorities.




Most women in Africa are directly dependent on their local environment and sustainable natural systems for their own and their families survival. They spend the greater part of their time tending, gathering, conserving and using natural resources. As daily managers of the living environment they are experienced in the management of agriculture and food production, fisheries, forests, soil, energy and water resources.


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