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Afrikadag Workshop

28 May 2022

When: 28 may 2022, 10.00-19.00

Where: Tropeninstituut Amsterdam, Leeszaal

Early bird ticket: 13 t/m 27 april

Afrikadag Workshop – Why Dutch Forest Policy needs Ecofeminism

Protecting African forests is crucial in fighting climate change, biodiversity loss and for sustaining life on earth. Climate change as a consequence of deforestation and forest-degradation disproportionately affects women and yet they remain underrepresented in decision-making processes. Forest governance therefore can only be sustainable when it is inclusive and rights-based, protecting the rights of people that depend on forests.

In the workshop “Why Dutch Forest Policies needs Ecofeminism”, WECF will talk about the impact of deforestation and forest degradation on women in forest-rich areas in Africa and its link with international forest policies in the Netherlands. We are going to present our recommendations from our intersectional, ecofeminist analysis of Dutch Forest policies and discuss the responsibility of the Netherlands towards forest-rich countries in Africa. We will also share gender-inclusive climate solutions for forest management on a local level and through national policies in Africa.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Marilia Monteiro Silva – Ecofeminist Consultant – presenting main findings and recommendations based on a feminist analysis of international Dutch Forest policies.
  • John Terzungwe Baaki – Deputy Executive Director of Women Environmental Programme (WEP) Nigeria – talking about grassroots solutions for gender-inclusive and just forest policies and decision-making in African forests.
  • Rene van Hell – Director Inclusive Growth at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands – discussing Dutch policy and what is currently being done to combat deforestation, as well as what the Netherlands can do in the future.


28 May 2022
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