In Nepal, the legal quota for women’s participation in official community water management groups marks an important step towards gender equality. For meaningful change however, there also needs to be structural transformation.
The inherent social dimension must be considered during the design and implementation of ecosystem restoration schemes, particularly in terms of the interaction between formal and informal institutions, to get better and more equitable outcomes from those schemes.
It's not enough to include women in agricultural solutions. We need to rethink and retool these solutions to address the structural issues that make women unequal actors and participants in development.
The Indus Basin is a system that supports a great number of people within and beyond its borders, but it is a system under considerable biophysical, social, economic and political stress. Planning for the future of this ever-changing, over-stretched system requires an open dialogue between scientists and policy makers.