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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




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

Climate policy gender and equity

“We grow your food…

in climate- sensitive areas.”

Thank you