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Changing Gender Relationships and Forest Use: A Case Study from Komassi, Cameroon

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Type: Book Chapter
Author: Brown, Katrina Myrvang; Lapuyade, Sandrine; Colfer, Carol J. Pierce; Byron, Yvonne
Book Title: People Managing Forests: The Links Between Human Well-Being and Sustainability
Publisher: Resources for the Future
Location: Washington, DC
Page(s): 90-110
Date: 2001
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/61
Sector: Social Organization
Region: Africa
Subject(s): forest management--case studies
forest products
Abstract: "Economic and environmental pressures affect access to and use of forest resources, and these dynamics affect men and women quite differently over time. Women are especially dependent on nontimber forest products (NTFPs), but the role of these products has changed markedly. All forest products harvested are now commercially traded in much of Cameroon, compared with only a decade ago, when few products had commercial value. Whereas men have been able to diversify their livelihood strategies, women have less room to maneuver and increasingly rely on diminishing forest resources. This situation has profound impacts on the way women and men perceive change as well as on the current and future management of forest resources."

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