Biodiv Sci ›› 2017, Vol. 25 ›› Issue (11): 1176-1181.  DOI: 10.17520/biods.2017236

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Incorporating gender equality into biodiversity conservation

Haiou Liu1,2, Haijun Chen2, Lei Liu2, Wei Yan2, Dayuan Xue1,*()   

  1. 1 College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Minzu University of China, Beijing 100081
    2 GEF/GCF Implementation Office, Foreign Economic Cooperation Office, Ministry of Environmental Protection, Beijing 100035
  • Received:2017-09-01 Accepted:2017-11-16 Online:2017-11-20 Published:2017-11-20
  • Contact: Xue Dayuan


China is rich in biological diversity resources and attaches great importance to gender equality as a country. China plays an important role in the worldwide realm of the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and gender equality. However, gender mainstreaming in biodiversity conservation in China is still in its early stages, and does not match with positive roles promoting biodiversity conservation and gender equality nationally. Therefore, we analyze the special relationship between biodiversity and gender, discuss the generation and evolution of the concept of gender in biodiversity conservation, and summarize the progress of international organizations, multilateral funds and frontrunner nations regarding gender mainstreaming in biodiversity conservation. We put forward suggestions, including strengthening research on gender and biodiversity issues, enhancing capacity-building of related agencies, promoting the introduction of gender and biodiversity issues into policy decision-making, and improving domestic biodiversity project management, all with the aim to provide guidance for follow-up work and a reference for the implementation and negotiation of the Convention on Biological Diversity in China.

Key words: biodiversity, Convention on Biological Diversity, gender equality, gender mainstreaming