A Lecture and Discussion on the Book "Gender and Green Governance" with Author Prof Bina Agarwal
Date: 10 March, 2011
Venue: New Delhi
Organised by:UNDP India & UN Women
Economists studying environmental collective action and green governance have paid little attention to gender. Research on gender and green governance in other disciplines has focused mainly on women's near absence from forestry institutions. This interdisciplinary book turns that focus on its head to ask: what if women were present in these institutions? What difference would that make? Would women’s inclusion in forest governance—undeniably important for equity— also affect decisions on forest use and outcomes for conservation and subsistence? Are women’s interests in forests different from men’s? Would women’s presence lead to better forests and more equitable access? Does it matter which class of women governs? And how large a presence of women would make an impact? Answers to these questions could prove foundational for effective environmental governance, yet they have been subject to little empirical investigation. In an analysis that is conceptually sophisticated and statistically rigorous, using primary data on community forestry institutions in India and Nepal, this book is the first major study to comprehensively address these wide-ranging issues. Located in the interface of environmental studies, political economy, and gender analysis, the volume makes significant original contributions to current debates on gender and governance, forest conservation, clean energy policy, critical mass, and social inclusion. Traversing uncharted territory with rare analytical rigor, this lucidly written book will be of interest to scholars and students as well as to policy makers and practitioners. Elinor Ostrom: Bina Agarwal has crafted a book of central importance in today’s world. Both women and their connections with forests have been under-represented in the field, in academic research and in policy. With analytical rigour and originality, Agarwal bridges these major gaps in our understanding of the difference women can make, when they are actively involved in forest governance. Jean-Philippe Plateau: Beautifully written and soundly argued, this book makes an outstanding contribution to the fields of both environmental economics and governance.