Promoting Gender responsive approaches to natural resource management for peacebuilding

UNEP, UNWOMEN and UNDP have signed on December 12th, a joint project document for promoting gender responsive approaches to natural resources management (NRM) and peacebuilding in North Kordofan which primarily targets women alongside farmers and pastoralists.  

The main partners to this project are the Ministry of International Cooperation, the State Ministry of Agriculture, the State Ministry of Animal Resources, the State Ministry of Gender and Social Welfare, a local NGO, and the community in North Kordofan State.

The project aims to strengthen the capacity and the structure of target communities to manage natural resources and  address conflict over natural resources in a gender responsive manner. This is achieved through assisting communities to benefit from Gum Arabic production and contributing to acacia forest rehabilitation through a conflict and gender sensitive approach.

Sudan has been chosen as a pilot project location for the global joint programme on gender, peacebuilding, and NRM between UNEP, UNWOMEN and UNDP. The global project’s main donor is the Government of Finland and the initial duration of contract will be one year.

Currently , the baseline assessment on the context of community, conflict, gender and environmental analysis and participatory priority setting is ongoing. The process  has set up a community structure on NRM to conduct community environmental action planning (CEAP). The CEAP includes the component on strengthening women’s role in peacebuilding and NRM and provide trainings to beneficiaries in improved practices on acacia tree cultivation and Gum Arabic production.

The project not only aims at the coordination and cooperation between the three agencies  -UNEP, UNWOMEN and UNDP-  but aims  also at sustainable NRM, community infrastructure, livelihoods with a strong emphasis on women empowerment in NRM, peace building, decision making in peace process and economic activities.