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In this study, human-environment relations are seen as networks comprising of interactions between people, plants and other living creatures. Gender and development studies have shown that individuals and households depend on informal social networks for their livelihood strategies (Moser, 1993; Peake and Trotz, 1999; Silvey and Elmhirst, 2003). These kin and friendship networks enable individuals to acquire and share resources, and to assist with their livelihood strategies (Peake and Trotz, 1999).4 Indeed, it has been noted that these kin and friendship networks have engendered collective efforts to empower women in their everyday lives and in politics (Moser, 1993; Kabeer, 1994; Agrawal, 2000).