Forest landscape restoration (FLR) is key to battling climate change. When women are part of the decision-making process, outcomes including increased livelihoods, improved forest cover, restored land, improved biodiversity, gender equality are more likely. These outcomes are critical to achieving climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions in sustainable ways. In this event, experts from World Resources Institute (WRI) will discuss the nexus of gender equity, land rights, and restoration in the context of advancing equitable climate action.

They will present WRI’s methodology to identify equitable opportunities for restoration in India; case studies from around the world on securing women’s collective land rights and links to restoration; and showcase positive examples of women’s participation in FLR decision-making in Brazil. These examples and cases highlight the role women’s agency plays in restoration and illustrate practical ways of achieving it. The event will also feature breakout sessions to highlight the experiences of our participants and discuss key priority actions that can be advanced by the global gender and climate community in this space.

WRI’s Land and Resources Rights Initiative and Forests Program have been conducting cutting-edge research on tenure rights, restoration, and climate change. WRI has developed and implemented methodologies for identifying equitable restoration opportunities, and our staff continue to advocate for women’s empowerment and gender equity in all aspects of FLR. Through this event, WRI hopes to exchange ideas with the broader gender community on advancing this urgent work on topics of land rights and restoration.


  • Natalie Elwell, Director, Gender Equity Practice, WRI
  • Ruchika Singh, Director, Sustainable Landscapes and Restoration, WRI India
  • Celine Salcedo-La Vina, Associate II, Land and Resource Rights, WRI
  • Mariana Oliveira, Forests Project Coordinator, WRI Brasil