7 Jul

Geographical Review Preview: Gendered Spaces of Payment for Environmental Services: A Critical Look 

By: Beth Bee

What is the main purpose of your study? 

This case study examines the outcomes of promoting women’s participation in the Coastal Watersheds Payment for Environmental Services (PES) program in west-central Mexico, which is modeled after the national program. 

What are the practical, day to day, implications of your study? 

Understanding how point-based systems to incentivize women’s participation in forest conservation programs are important to understand how it does or does not actually facilitate women’s full participation.

How does your study relate to other work on the subject?

There are very few studies which analyze gender in PES. This study adds to the literature on understanding equity issues in PES and forest conservation

What are two or three interesting findings that come from your study? 

Women’s age and class shape their capacity to participate in the position created for them. This position reinforces gender stereotypes about women’s work. On the other hand, male foresters’ and community members’ ideas and attitudes about the roles that women should play in PES influence the extent of women’s participation. Incentivizing women’s participation in forest conservation programs without adequate institutional support or understandings of how gender enables or constrains participation will remain inadequate.

What might be some of the theoretical implications of this study? 

Women’s subjectivity in PES is produced by the program itself, as well as gender, age, and class. Therefore, the construction of women’s subjectivity can both challenge and maintain socio-spatial exclusions

How does your research help us think about Geography? 

Analyzing gender and other intersecting identities are important to understand how conservation programs can challenge and/or maintain socio-spatial exclusions.

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