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.
Villamor, G. B., van Noordwijk, M., Djanibekov, U., Chiong-Javier, E., & Catacutan, D. (2014). Gender differences in land-use decisions: shaping multifunctional landscapes? Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 6, 128-133. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2013.11.015