[MCN] For better forest/climate group decisions, add more women

Lance Olsen lance at wildrockies.org
Thu Mar 21 18:20:16 EDT 2019

Nature Climate Change Published: 18 March 2019 <https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-019-0438-4#article-info>
Gender quotas increase the equality and effectiveness of climate policy interventions
Nathan J. Cook <https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-019-0438-4#auth-1>, Tara Grillos <https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-019-0438-4#auth-2> & Krister P. Andersson <https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-019-0438-4#auth-3> 


Interventions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions strive to promote gender balance so that men and women have equal rights to participate in, and benefit from, decision-making about such interventions. One conventional way to achieve gender balance is to introduce gender quotas. Here we show that gender quotas make interventions more effective and lead to more equal sharing of intervention benefits. We conducted a randomized ‘lab’-in-the-field experiment in which 440 forest users from Indonesia, Peru and Tanzania made decisions about extraction and conservation in a forest common. We randomly assigned a gender quota to half of the participating groups, requiring that at least 50% of group members were women. Groups with the gender quota conserved more trees as a response to a ‘payment for ecosystem services’ intervention and shared the payment more equally. We attribute this effect to the gender composition of the group, not the presence of female leaders.

“Finally, we are committed to a high level of consumption because, whether we need the goods or not, we very much need the employment their production provides …. 
We are chained to a high level of production and consumption not by the pressure of want but by the urgencies of economic security.”

John K. Galbraith.     “How much should a country consume?”
In Jarrett, Henry (editor), Perspectives on Conservation.  John Hopkins Press. 1958

“In an attempt to clarify the issues, first let us advance the following proposition: The more wasteful a society the greater the employment opportunities.”

Kimon Valaskakis, Peter S. Sindell, J. Graham Smith, and Iris Fitzpatrick-Martin. The Conserver Society. 1970. Harper & Row.

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