Do land rights for women encourage conservation?
Every year, the World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty brings together representatives from governments, the development community, civil society, academia, and the private sector to discuss issues of concern related to land and poverty. This year Neha Kumar and Agnes Quisumbing link this critical issue to women and climate in their study entitled "Do More Secure Land Rights for Women Encourage Conservation? The Medium-term Impacts of the Ethiopian Land Registration." More specifically, this study examines whether households’ knowledge of their property rights under the land registration encourages behaviors such as tree planting and the adoption of soil conservation techniques in Ethiopia. It also examines whether gender differences in knowledge of property rights within the same household have a differential impact on those behaviors. To hear more about the study and their preliminary results, look for their presentation at the conference, taking place on April 8-11, 2013.