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.
In a study of water projects in Western Nepal, Stephanie Leder and Floriane Clement found that community dynamics impacted planning processes. As a result, more marginalized and disadvantaged women are less likely to benefit from improved water supplies.