Home       About us   Issues     Search     Submission Subscribe   Contact    Login 
Conservation and Society
An interdisciplinary journal exploring linkages between society, environment and development
Conservation and Society
Users Online: 123 Home Print this page Email this page Small font sizeDefault font sizeIncrease font size

ARTICLE
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 168-178

What Does Conservation Mean for Women? the Case of the Cantanhez Forest National Park


1 School of Natural Sciences, Division of Psychology, University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland, UK CAPP - Centro de Administração e Políticas Públicas, Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas, Lisbon University, Lisbon, Portugal
2 CAPP - Centro de Administração e Políticas Públicas and Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas da Universidade de Lisboa, Pólo Universitário do Alto da Ajuda Rua Almerindo Lessa, Lisboa; Department of Anthropology, School of Social and Political Sciences. The University of Lisbon, Rua Almerindo Lessa, Pólo Universitário do Alto da Ajuda, Lisboa, Portugal
3 School of Natural Sciences, Division of Psychology, University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland, UK

Correspondence Address:
Susana Costa
School of Natural Sciences, Division of Psychology, University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland, UK CAPP - Centro de Administração e Políticas Públicas, Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas, Lisbon University, Lisbon
Portugal
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/cs.cs_14_91

Rights and Permissions

Community-based conservation programmes need to engage the support of all its members. Gender is a key component in shaping attitudes about conservation, and lack of attention to gender differences in perceptions can work against the aims of community-based conservation actions and initiatives. We present a study of the obstacles to women's participation in conservation strategies associated with Cantanhez Forest National Park (CFNP), in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa. Field-work took place in CFNP over two years, 2007-2008. Five women-only focus group interviews (N=47 participants) were conducted to understand the perceived effects of CFNP's establishment on women's daily activities, livelihoods and future expectations. The findings revealed that the women felt the Park was responsible for malnutrition in the communities due to damage of crops by wildlife. Although they were promised compensation, most of the farming households are still waiting for reimbursements for crop damage. Women expressed an unwillingness to directly participate in conservation efforts related to CFNP, but they believed that park researchers could help them to improve their lives.


[FULL TEXT] [PDF]*
Print this article     Email this article
 Next article
 Previous article
 Table of Contents

 Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Related articles
 Citation Manager
 Access Statistics
 Reader Comments
 Email Alert *
 Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)
 

 Article Access Statistics
    Viewed625    
    Printed4    
    Emailed0    
    PDF Downloaded173    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal