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New WRI research in Liberia finds that women’s participation in local forest management can improve both their socioeconomic status and the sustainability of forest resources that support local communities’ lives and livelihoods. Yet complex power dynamics, authority and competing interests converge to prevent women from engaging in these decision-making processes. This paper finds that significant social and regulatory change must occur to foster gender and social equity in forest governance.


Thanks to innovations in satellite monitoring, we’ve never had a better understanding of when and where forests are changing around the world. Join experts from GFW and the University of Maryland (UMD) Global Land Analysis & Discovery (GLAD) Lab to learn about the methodology behind core forest change datasets on GFW, including the GLAD deforestation alerts and annual tree cover loss data.


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