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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: What Does Conservation Mean for Women? The Case of the Cantanhez Forest National Park
Author(s): Costa, Susana
Casanova, Catarina C N
Lee, Phyllis C
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Keywords: Gender
conservation attitudes
human-wildlife interface
focus group methods
Issue Date: Apr-2017
Citation: Costa S, Casanova CCN & Lee PC (2017) What Does Conservation Mean for Women? The Case of the Cantanhez Forest National Park, Conservation and Society, 15 (2), pp. 168-178.
Abstract: 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, 2007-08. 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 reveal that the women felt that 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.
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Rights: © Costa et al. 2017. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use and distribution of the article, provided the original work is cited.

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