Learning Brief Number 2: Women’s Empowerment for Conservation through the Population-Health-Environment Approach

The Population-Health-Environment (PHE) Alliance Project, implemented by the World Wildlife Fund from 2008 to 2011, with support from the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health and Johnson & Johnson, aimed to change the monitoring and evaluation processes of certain PHE projects, and deepen the understanding of the value of the PHE approach for conservation and how the conservation sector could better measure that value. This learning brief explores the role of women’s empowerment in site-based conservation through the PHE approach, using case studies from two PHE Alliance project sites in Nepal and the Democratic Republic of Congo. 
The brief concludes that women’s empowerment is a viable justification for implementing PHE projects to improve conservation outcomes, and an end in itself. The case studies highlight women’s empowerment outcomes and suggest that the PHE approach could emerge as a powerful strategy for ensuring women’s meaningful involvement in conservation, women’s ability to derive tangible benefits from conservation, and more sustainable conservation successes. 
pp. 19
World Wildlife Fund (WWF)