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Women Most at Risk from Climate Disasters, Says UN Report

Launched on December 6th at a side event of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP 17, a new UNEP publication, entitled ‘Women at the frontline of climate change - Gender risks and hopes, A rapid Response Assessment’ shows that women play a stronger role than men in the management of ecosystems services and food security in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya region.

It calls for the design of change adaptation programmes that are sensitive and responsive to the different and multiple roles of men and women. It calls for improving women's livelihoods by ensuring women's access, control and ownership of resources.

Launching simultaneously is the web site for the The Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP). With funding from The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the programme is governed by a Promoters Committee made up of the institutions ICIMOD, CICERO, and GRID-Arendal.

The 5-year programme is exploring ways to increase the resilience of women and mountain communities by fostering data collection, analysis, sharing and monitoring of changes via a regional knowledge platform.

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Photo from the launch in Durban on Dec. 6 2011
Photo from the launch in Durban on Dec. 6 2011


Tuesday 06 Dec 2011