The art of implementation: gender strategies transforming national and regional climate change decision making

The art of implementation: gender strategies transforming national and regional climate change decision making

This publication shares IUCN’s experiences in developing gender-responsive national strategies and roadmaps on climate change.

It outlines the steps and elements of creating a ccGAP (climate change gender action plans) or REDD+ roadmap then goes on to explore some of the principles behind the strategies and what has worked best. There are also stories from each country: ccGAPs (Nepal, Liberia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Jordan, Egypt, Arab League of States regional process, Central America regional process, Panama, Cosa Rica, Haiti; for Gender and REDD+ roadmaps (Ghana Uganda, Cameroon). The report highlights key sectors that demonstrate the gender dimensions of climate change in different national contexts. The final section concludes with some recommendations for how to continue the momentum.

In supporting the development of the ccGAPs and Gender and REDD+ Roadmaps, the report highlights a number of lessons:

1. Connecting multiple sectors: Gender equality is a crosscutting topic that is pertinent to diverse sectors and brings seemingly strange bedfellows together. The report highlights that through workshops the opportunity to address gender from a multi-stakeholder perspective has led to a sea change in individual attitudes on the subject.

2. Capacity to build an effective strategy: Governments, donors, and institutions at all levels express significant interest in addressing the gender dimension in their climate change programming, but they also express limited understanding of what steps to take or how to orient their overall approach for optimal impact. Thus, the ccGAP development process is underpinned by targeted capacity building that guides stakeholders’ preliminary steps.

3. A placeholder for emerging opportunities: The report argues that the development of a ccGAP is a key moment in a country’s acknowledgement that gender equality is central to climate change decision making and implementation, but it is only an initial step. While strategies and roadmaps include short-term actions, any legislative and institutional reforms will take time. The ccGAP is a long-term placeholder for the moment in time when policy and planning opportunities emerge.

4. Ownership, harmonisation, and guardianship: The report argues that anchoring the ccGAP in existing national climate change processes, rather than creating a parallel process, is critical to ensuring ownership and avoiding a document that will gather dust on a shelf.

5. Monitoring and learning: The ccGAP development process – from the preliminary phase of information gathering to the later stages of implementation – leverages existing local relationships built over decades and a deep knowledge of the country’s circumstances and challenges. These relationships are built on trust and mutual understanding, leveraging in no small part on-going collaboration around other projects and initiatives, which in some instances has spanned decades.

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