Best Practices on Gender and Biodiversity


Pathways for multiple benefits

To achieve gender equity and protect biodiversity, initiatives that emphasize inclusion and innovation must be prioritized. This collection of best practices shows how targeted action is critical to producing transformative results for biodiversity.


The international community is increasingly recognizing the range of ways in which gender differences and inequalities shape how we take decisions and our impact on the natural world. Deeply entrenched social norms advantage more powerful and dominant groups over others, and most often men and boys over women and girls. Tackling these long-standing inequalities and structural barriers is a complex process that requires dedicated attention and resourcing.

This UNEP and Convention on Biodiversity publication demonstrates how such targeted action is also critical to achieving sustainable and transformative results for biodiversity. It aims to strengthen the evidence base on gender-responsive biodiversity policy and support organizations, indigenous people, local communities and stakeholders to integrate gender considerations in the implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. The report includes ten detailed case studies of gender-responsive biodiversity policies and practices, as well as 27 shorter examples.