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Climate Policy, Gender, and Equity. Aditi Kapoor Alternative Futures ISST/HBF New Delhi, July 02, 2013. Gender and Climate Change Adaptation. Differential Livelihood Impacts. Differential Adaptation Impacts. National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC).

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climate policy gender and equity

Climate Policy, Gender, and Equity

AditiKapoor

AlternativeFutures

ISST/HBF

New Delhi, July 02, 2013

national action plan on climate change napcc
National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC)

Impact of climate change “particularly severe for women”

  • Scarcity of water, reduction in yields of forest biomass
  • Increased malnutrition, risks to human health - children, women and the elderly most malnourished, anaemic, vulnerable
  • Lower yields from dairy cattle and a decline in fish breeding - women main workers in dairy farming and fish processing
  • Lower harvests and distress migration - women and children left behind

“Special attention to gender in the Adaptation Missions”

gender blind state action plans on climate change
Gender-Blind State Action Plans on Climate Change
  • No focus on differential impacts and different capacities
  • Techno-managerial approach in State Plans with no scope for ‘bottoms-up’ learning from practice
  • State-level ongoing vulnerability studies only focus on physical natural resources, not on users and the social stratification of these users (HP, WB)
  • Structural essentials missing - women’s strategic roles in decision-making, participation at different fora, ownership & control of resources and as knowledge managers to combat climate variability
  • Thus, focus on even practical needs missing! Eg. GM & Agriculture; Carbon Seq. & Green India Mission
limits to gender and sapccs
Limits to Gender and SAPCCs
  • Low status of nodal department (envt/forests)
  • Very high learning curve: no capacity building/exposure
  • Negligible understanding about climate change across departments
  • Almost nil understanding on gender
  • Gender & Climate change……

……Mainstreaming gender too tall an order in this scenerio

our work gender equity in sapccs governance structures
Our Work: Gender Equity in SAPCCs & Governance Structures
  • Objectives: Inclusion of gender in State Plans & building capacities within governance structures
  • Focus States – MP, Uttarakhand, HP, UP, WB, Bihar
  • Policy asks: Inclusion of gender components, especially in adaptation sectors, in government documents and governance structures
  • Success – Gender in MoEF approval committee for State Plans; Current Uttarakhand, MP Plans; Now UPSAPCC; Capacities built for over 1500 PRI women in Bihar with PRI and Agriculture Depts.

Nepal govt takes up training

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“We grow your food…

in climate- sensitive areas.”

Thank you

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