Women and Natural Resource Management

A Manual for the Asia Region

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This manual which focuses on women in Asia highlights the major issues of environmental degradation, and presents success stories of women promoting environmental management and sustainable development in the region. It provides trainers and extension workers with skills and techniques to train and involve women in conservation activities. It acknowledges the valuable indigenous knowledge which women in Asia possess and emphasises that women themselves must be involved in the identification of their needs.




Women in developing countries are often directly dependant on their local environment and sustainable natural systems for the survival of their families. 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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