Teri Allendorf

Gender and Protected areas in Nepal and Myanmar: what are we missing?

Although participation and inclusion are considered critical to successful conservation of protected areas, women are often overlooked in conservation efforts. What are conservationists missing by not including women in conservation efforts? Do women and men perceive protected areas differently? Allendorf’s research examines these questions by describing gendered differences in park-people relationships in Nepal and Myanmar.

Dr. Teri Allendorf is a conservation biologist who has been working on issues of local communities and protected areas since 1994. She is a scientist in the Department of Forestry and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a research associate with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. She is also an Honorary Fellow in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Land Tenure Center at the UW. She has also been a member of USAID’s Biodiversity Team and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal. Her interests are in the human dimensions of biodiversity conservation, park-people relationships, community-based conservation, biodiversity values and attitudes, and interdisciplinary graduate education.

*This event is co-sponsored by the UW Human Rights Program– lunch will be provided.

The Human Rights Program is supported by a UW-Madison Mellon Foundation grant for the advancement of area and international studies and coordinated by the Global Legal Studies Center.