The size and scale of the Voluntary Carbon Market (VCM) has increased dramatically over recent years. With this, there has also been an emergence of various global initiatives aiming to guide the integrity of the VCM. While some positive steps are being taken towards gender equality, defining safeguarding criteria and promoting high integrity carbon credits, recent research and global policy dialogues suggest the current VCM landscape still uses varying degrees of social and environmental safeguards, with gender being often the least regarded aspect, sometimes even neglected.
How Indigenous beekeepers are working as allies in conserving Mexico’s forests.
Costa Rica has emerged as a global trailblazer in recognizing the vital role of women and promoting gender equality in conservation and the sustainable use of forests. Moving beyond mere words, the Costa Rican government, in collaboration with UNDP, has taken significant strides to address gender disparities and ensure the full integration of gender perspectives in environmental policies, governance, and financing.