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Introduction

An action research project called “The role of Participatory Forest Management in Mitigation of and Adaptation to Climate Change: Opportunities and Constrains” aims to analyse how the communities could benefit from improved forest management through international funding for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). Participatory action research methods are applied in order to found the practicable models of livelihood diversification through participatory forest management activities in existing forest areas under community management and to learn local processes and to deepen the understanding of local prospects and constrains in the changing climate conditions.

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Gender Matters in REDD+: The future challenge will be how women could be integrated in to the decision making and local forest governance: not only because of traditional differences in gender roles but also because of the growing workload and livelihood changes are most of all affecting women.

Social Impact Assessment Kiangara 2010