Enhancing Women’s role in Community Forest Management : Community Training in Pursat Province, Cambodia

ILC Asia members in Cambodia, STAR Kampuchea conducted four gender trainings in 4 communes in Krokor district in Pursat province. A total of 135 participants attended the trainings.

The basic idea of the trainings was to develop a gender perspective in the community’s approach towards forest management.

The gender concept were integrated in the gender training materials and modules . The trainings helped the communities evaluate the scope of evaluating the role and responsibilities of women in the context of their existent situation. There were group discussions separated as women’s group, men’s group and multi-group (women and men group) to talk about the gender roles on community forestry management .

During the training it was emphasized and brought out through discussions how women across Cambodia can achieve greater participation in, and assume greater responsibilities in Community Forestry management. It can be done through strengthening their institutional including financial management knowledge, document keeping, and equipment maintainance. It was brought out that  especially that community forestry women’s committee members could strongly contribute to community forestry fund  collection from members.  Through the training exercises the community forestry members were confident about the women’s committee members which they can support  their members by managing income generation and controlling local access to resources: they were thought to be able to manage fund more security than men-committee members.

CAM 2

The training helped women understand their necessary roles and responsibility in community forestry as to improve women’s participation in forestry. It was felt that there is a need for capacity development and to promote the decision-making when they have attended the meetings/trainings.

With few resources, women-community forestry committee acquired legal protection of the forest, established patrol teams, demarcated forest boundaries, raised environmental awareness among local communities, organized community patrol volunteers, developed co-management committees with men community forestry committee.

CAM 1

Key messages reflected from training:

  • The high level of institutional management of community forestry by women’s group and -related financial management, document keeping, and community fund collection from members is a positive outcome of involving women in community forestry management.
  • Women linked to forest patrolling activity leads to cost effectivity.
  • Women provide quality output when it comes to negotiation and coordination with key stakeholder for community forestry document formalization development in local communities.

Women in Managerial Positions in Cooperative: Outcome of a Successful Leadership Training in Indonesia

INDON 1

A Community-based Leadership Training was conducted on 4th of October 2017 in Banten Province in Indonesia under the facilitation of organization RMI.

The event was conducted involving 32 women and 20 men in indigenous community (or adat community – as it is called-namely Kasepuhan Karang) located in Lebak Regency, Banten Province. The objective of the event was held was:

– To strengthen the community understanding in women’s role and rights in relations with the natural resources governance

– To strengthen the role of management of the cooperative planned by the community.

The understanding of the role of women grass-root leadership was not only strengthened through theoretical aspect of  training but the event eventually witnessed the win of the basic ideology of women’s leadership through the decisions taken in the process.

INDON 2

As an outcome of the training, the community agreed to choose all women on the cooperative managerial position. 5 women were elected as the head of the cooperative, 2 treasurers (1 accountant and 1 cashier), secretary and vice head of the cooperative. This is the first women-led cooperative that would exist in Kasepuhan communities, which consists of 522 communities in Lebak Regency.

This cooperative’s main task is to provide loan for the community members whose agro-forestry garden is located in their newly-launched customary forest, after decades of struggle against st-claim of the state that it was a state forest. Together with RMI, this management team of the cooperative will prepare the cooperative’s statutory that will be inclusive to women.