Climate Change

WOCAN Side Event at Rio+20

WOCAN organized a side event in Rio+20 Conference entitled “Women’s Leadership in A Green Economy: Valuing Women’s Contribution”. Five speakers delivered presentations on the case studies from Asia and Africa highlighting the importance of women’s leadership in green economy initiatives.

Case Study: An Assessment of Gender and Women’s Exclusion in REDD+ in Nepal

This assessment was conducted by WOCAN and the Himalayan Grassroots Women’s Natural Resource Management Association (HIMAWANTI) Nepal in February 2012 to provide a review of the current REDD+ policy, processes and pilots in Nepal from a gender perspective, and to highlight the extent to which these have included or excluded women at the national and local levels. It also provides recommendations for how REDD+ initiatives can more effectively include women and attend to gender issues.

Engendering the Climate for Change: Policies and Practices for Gender-Just Adaptation

This research report by Aditi Kapoor explicitly highlights the causes and concerns of women due to changing climate. It rightly points out that climate change would put an extra pressure on women activities ranging from agriculture, fetching water to fodder collection; and critically analyses the implications for women livelihoods generation.

2011 BRIDGE – Gender and Climate Change

Climate change is increasingly being recognized as a global crisis, but responses to it have so far been overly focused on scientific and economic solutions, rather than on the significant human and gender dimensions. This report highlights the need to put people at the centre of climate change responses, paying particular attention to the challenges and opportunities that climate change presents in the struggle for gender equality.


WOCAN STATEMENT on Perspectives of Land and Water Resources in a Changing Climate 23rd Session, Committee on Agriculture Rome, 21-25 May 2012

Indeed, a holistic approach on how to feed the astronomical increase in global population is very important.  We commend FAO, as pointed out by COAG during this session,   its action plan for national, regional  and global level for studies and assessments of natural resources for food and agriculture.

IUCN Fact Sheet: Gender makes the difference: Climate Change and Disaster Mitigation

Gender issues have not been considered in wider climate change discourses and initiatives. The international response to the implications of climate change has largely focused on mitigation initiatives (reduction of greenhouse gases), and has directed less attention to adaptation strategies (assistance with adapting to the adverse impact of climate change on food, livelihood, and human security).

IUCN Fact Sheet: El genero hace la diferencia: Cambio climatico y mitigacion de los desastres

La dimensión de género no ha sido considerada en las iniciativas relacionadas con el cambio climático. La respuesta internacional a las implicaciones de este fenómeno se ha centrado en medidas para la mitigación (reducción de los gases de invernadero), y ha prestado menos atención a las estrategias de adaptación (ayuda para adaptarse al impacto adverso del cambio climático en los alimentos, el bienestar y la seguridad humana).

Climate Change Adaptation Strategies: Water Resources Management Options for Smallholder Farming Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa, Rockefeller Foundation, 2010

In 2006, 25 African countries required food aid, largely due to recurring drought. Poverty and food insecurity are linked to low agricultural productivity aggravated by climate change and variability. A key challenge for decision makers, policy makers, and development partners is to understand the strategies adopted by farmers and other stakeholders in their efforts to address climate change-induced water stress.