The Population-Health-Environment (PHE) Alliance Project, implemented by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) from 2008 to 2011, with support from the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health and Johnson & Johnson, aimed to change that practice, and by doing so, deepen the sector’s understanding of the value of the PHE approach for conservation, and how the sector could better measure that value. The following learning brief explores the role of women’s empowerment in site-based conservation through the PHE approach, using case studies from two PHE Alliance project sites – in Nepal and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The brief concludes that women’s empowerment is a viable justification for implementing PHE projects to improve conservation outcomes, as well as an end in itself. The case studies highlight positive women’s empowerment outcomes and suggest that in the future, the PHE approach might emerge as a powerful strategy for ensuring: women’s meaningful involvement in conservation, women’s ability to derive tangible benefits from conservation, and more sustainable conservation successes.
Source: World Wildlife Fund