Gender differences in land-use decisions: shaping multifunctional landscapes?

G.B. Villamor, M. van Noordwijk, U. Djanibekov, E. Chiong-Javier, D. Catacutan

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While decision-making processes of land managers drive land-use change and affect the provision of ecosystems services, there is no concrete understanding of whether gender specificity in decision-making influences the multifunctionality of landscapes. We distinguish eleven elements in a typical management cycle. In reviewing the literature, we found apparent gaps on gendered knowledge, preferences, risk taking and access to innovation in land-use decision making. Male and female responses in the adoption of agroforestry practices and other investment opportunities reflect differing exposure to and perceptions of risk. Innovative approaches such as agent-based models and role-playing games are currently applied to study gendered behavior in land-use decisions. These approaches can assist researchers to explicitly and empirically compare potentially self-reinforcing behaviors or feedback loops with local impacts on ecosystem services.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-133
JournalCurrent Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • models
  • challenges
  • management
  • services
  • behavior
  • farmers
  • systems
  • matter

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