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Women in Conservation:The women are back!

Welcome to the website for the Conservation International  "Women in Healthy Sustainable Societies" small grants opportunity  for Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda


This small grant opportunity aims to further global and local understanding and practice of gender equality and women’s empowerment vis-à-vis the environment, and focuses on a set of high-biodiversity sites in East Africa: the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot Key Biodiversity Areas.


Five grants have been awarded and are currently being implemented:

in Kenya:

1. Fauna & Flora International (FFI): Creating an enabling environment that empowers women to participate effectively in community conservancy decision making in Northern Kenya

"In northern Kenya, despite efforts to provide equal opportunities for their active engagement, women are not always well represented in conservancy decision making structures.  With conservancy members, this project intends to build awareness and capacity for gender-sensitive programming, to initiate gender analysis, and to identify opportunities for improving women’s participation."

2. Kijabe Environment Volunteers (KENVO): Building the capacity of  women to engage in management of natural resources and environmental conservation in Kikuyu Escarpment Forest

"This project will enhance the capacity of women to participate in decision making and management of natural resources in the Lari Sub- County. It will contribute to formation of a strong women network, composed of grassroots women champions who are able to articulate environmental and conservation in the county."


Read a short report on one of the workshops orgaised by KENVO and GROOTS Kenya for both women and 'men for women': Grassroot women groups advocate for change in Kikuyu Escarpment

MORE NEWS (February 2015):

KENVO organised a meeting for stakeholders to meet with their politicians. The WHSS-women were invited! See some of the pictures here


3. British Institute of Eastern Africa (BIEA): Understanding how Maasai men and women use forest resources

"This research investigates gendered perceptions of forest loss and livelihood shift among indigenous Maasai pastoralists. Using gender analysis to study the drivers of cultural and ecological change, it seeks to reveal social patterns that have not been empirically investigated and may be key to conservation initiatives in the Nguruman South landscape."

NEWS: See a series of images of BIEA's project here

in Uganda:

4. Kigezi Initiative for Women and Children Empowerment and Development Uganda (KIWOCEDU): Capacity building and empowerment for women around Echuya Central Forest reserve for sustainable conservation and livelihood improvement

"The project hopes to enhance women’s involvement in both decision-making and implementation of interventions that provide livelihood and conservation benefits. It is planned that a total of 485 women as direct beneficiaries be supported in different natural resource management activities and processes; enterprise development; and awareness raising events on gender empowerment issues in relation to sustainable conservation and development."

NEWS: read two stories from KIWOCEDU here


5. Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation (ITFC): The Involvement of Women in Integrated Conservation and Development (ICD) Policy Implementation and Governance.  Drawing Lessons from tourism Revenue Sharing at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

"This research project ‘WIC’ aims at improving policy implementation and governance of tourism revenue sharing in the management of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This will be realized by integrating women in decision making and implementation processes to contribute towards inclusive sustainable conservation of the mountain Gorillas and other endemic species."

NEWS: The project leader for the WIC projected recently completed a study entitled “Linking Conservation, Equity and Poverty Alleviation: Understanding profiles and motivations of resource users and local perceptions of governance at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda”, a publication by the Poverty and Conservation Learning Group (U-PCLG), a project coordinated by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). You can download it here (PDF, 3.7 MB).

NEWS: See a series of images of ITFC's project here


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