Forest Conservation through Economic Empowerment of Women

The GIZ supports the Women`s Secretariat of the CNS (National Council of Extractivist Populations) in promoting productive groups of women that are traditional collectors of forest products in the Amazon region. In 2011, 130 people from all nine states of Brazilian Amazon came together to a networking meeting of productive forest women in Belém. They exchanged views and were trained in public policies, sustainable forest management, production processes, value chains and solidarity economy. For the first time in Brazil’s history, a study which identifies the productive groups of Amazonian extractivist forest women and analyses their conditions of production was conducted. The women of the CNS were able to present the first short version of a catalog of productive groups of forest women as well as first statistics on their production conditions to the Ministry of Agrarian Development (MDA) during the protest march Marcha das Margaridas. Moreover, the government Dilma Rousseff has accepted some of the demands of the forest women, such as more rural credits, in the context of this prominent protest march.

Energy Programme

In the energy sector in Brazil, gender is often neglected. Therefore the Energy Program in Brazil incorporates a gender perspective in the planning and monitoring of energy projects and policies. The programme is monitoring of the impact on gender generated by the installation of solar heating systems in low income social housing – in total 40 families in different regions of Brasil. GIZ contributes with the inclusion of gender indicators in the assessment. Regarding rural electrification in isolated areas with solar PV, GIZ has supported the development of a baseline of social indicators, assessing pre-project information regarding life quality and health. These data are essential to monitor the impacts on woman of rural electrification projects. Related to projects on Biogas generation from pig farms, GIZ has implemented a study to analyze the contribution of women in this economic activity as well as the possible positive and negative impacts of biogas utilization in the swine production for women. This analysis will guide future decision processes regarding investment in this technology.

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