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Gender implications of climate change and ecosystem degradation

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Presentation by Margaret Kroma at the World Agroforestry Centre side event on ecosystem-based adaptation and the UNFCCC Paris COP21

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Gender implications of climate change and ecosystem degradation

  1. 1. •  Rural women primarily in the global South: –  Connected to all aspects of ecosystems services due to their primary social reproduc5on and food provisioning roles at household and community levels; –  Play a much stronger role rela5ve to men in the management of ecosystems services; –  have specialized knowledge of biological resources and ecosystems func5ons; •  Paradoxically, –  They are the segment of the rural popula5on most vulnerable to the nega5ve effects of ecosystem degrada5on and climate change impacts; –  Are o@en excluded in decisions on its exploita5on for produc5ve use and its management due to skewed power rela5ons and inequitable social and cultural norms. Gender implica5ons of climate change and ecosystem degrada5on
  2. 2. •  Women’s voices, responsibili>es and knowledge, and the challenges they face need to be a central part of the adap>ve responses to climate change vulnerability and ecosystem degrada>on •  Learning from women and building their resilience by inves>ng in them can be a cri>cal catalyst In ecosystem conserva>on, restora>on and sustainable management •  Imagine the possibili>es if women are given due recogni>on, voice and space to directly influence interna>onal discourse and policy processes on ecosystems management as strategically important actors in their own right. More partnerships for environmental services nego>a>ons?

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