Introduction: Natural Resource Justice


Sweetman, Caroline, and Maria Ezpeleta. 2017. "Introduction: Natural Resource Justice." Gender & Development 25 (3): 353-66.

Authors: Caroline Sweetman, Maria Ezpeleta


“This issue of Gender & Development focuses on Natural Resource Justice from a gender justice and women’s rights perspective. Natural resources - land, water, forests, air - are essential to life on Earth. The rural poor in developing countries remain the most directly dependent on natural resources for their food and livelihood security (World Bank/FAO/ IFAD 2009, 423), while the livelihoods of 2.5 billion people depend wholly or partly on agriculture (FAO 2016, 1). Human stability and security depend on sustainable access to natural resources. The natural environment not only contributes to existing livelihoods, but offers a powerful frame of reference for human life, permeating the realms of spirituality and culture. It also provides a form of insurance against crisis for rural people, contributing to their resilience” (Sweetman and Ezpeleta 2017, 353).

Topics: Environment, Extractive Industries, Gender, Gender Analysis, Justice, Rights, Women's Rights, Security

Year: 2017

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