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Bhutan + 10: Gender and Sustainable Mountain Development in a Changing World

Author: ICIMOD

In 2002, ICIMOD organized the first global gathering „Celebrating Mountain Women„, as the pioneer event during the International Year of Mountains to focus on mountain women in the context of sustainable mountain development. A large group of partners and donors joined together to plan and facilitate the gathering which aimed to celebrate the achievements of mountain women, discuss critical issues and map the way forward. Discussions revolved around five major themes-Natural Resources and Environment, Health and well-being, Entrepreneurship, Political, Legal and Human rights and Culture and Indigenous Knowledge. The major output of the conference was the Thimphu Declaration which was presented at the Bishkek Global Mountain Summit, Bishkek Kyrgyzstan (CMW 2002). A decade after emerging concerns, and persistent challenges,brought ICIMOD, Bhutan‟s Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, and the National Commission for Women and Children, to take the initiative of organizing an international conference, Bhutan+10, to bring together mountain women and men, researchers, policy makers, and development practitioners for a comprehensive update, stock-taking, and new agenda setting. The conference specifically aimed to:  Set new agendas and strategize the way forward for gender-positive change and responsive research, policies, and institutions in a changing world  Share new and state-of-the-art knowledge and best practices on gender and natural resource management  Focus on equitable and inclusive ways of integrating gender analysis, methodologies and best practices into sustainable mountain development  Take critical stock of the fragmentation, successes and challenges of gender “mainstreaming” efforts  Strategize ways to address lack of traction and unequal power relations  Share innovative adaptation strategies, approaches, and methods and the ways in which women and men are negotiating their own futures in culturally specific mountain context With the collaboration of IFAD, SDC, GIZ, WB, FAO, IDR, SNV and many other international and national donors. Enjoy the reading. L

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Language:  English (United Kingdom)
Development Themes: Gender Agriculture Knowledge Management Indigenous People Climate Change & Environment
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