In most areas of Nepal women are discriminated against. Within mountain areas this is less so with the societies being more gender equitable. However women still remain relatively marginalised. This is despite the large amount of women-headed households and their important role in natural resource use. A number of projects have supported the continued development of the women from these areas and their increased involvement in decision-making processes particularly those related to the environment. Two such projects that have been successful in targeting women are the WWF-supported Sagarmatha Community Agro-Forestry Project, and the Annapurna Conservation Area Project.
The working paper is based on a visit to Nepal and 2 case study sites between the 1st and the 14th June, 2002. The first area visited was WWF’s Sagarmatha Community Agro-Forestry Project, in and around Sagarmatha National Park in the Himalayas. The second was the Annapurna Conservation Area Project based in Ghandruk, in the lower regions of the Annapurnas.
Working Paper No 6, Engendering Eden Project, 15 pp.