Gender and Climate Change Adaptation

Integrating considerations of gender into medium- and long-term adaptation can help to ensure that adaptation is effective and implementable on the ground. It can help to ensure that the implementation of adaptation activities will not exacerbate inequalities and other vulnerabilities, it can help to fulfil the specific needs of the most vulnerable, and it can ensure the equal participation of men and women in the decision-making and implementation phases of these activities. Women can act as agents of change at different levels of the adaptation process more>>

UNFCCC Knowledge Resources

Case studies on the application of gender-sensitive approaches and tools for understanding and assessing impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change

Best practices and available tools for the use of indigenous and traditional knowledge and practices for adaptation, and the application of gender-sensitive approaches and tools for understanding and assessing impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change 

NAPAs received by the secretariat 

Strengthening gender considerations in adaptation planning and implementation in the least developed countries


A one stop hub of information, resources and data on the process to formulate and implement national adaptation plans


Additional Resources



Adaptation Learning Programme for Africa (ALP) 
Increase the capacity of vulnerable households in sub-Saharan Africa to adapt to increasing and uncertain climate change and climate variability


Empowering Ugandan students through school farm camps
The Gayaza High School and FAO are working together to ensure that other schools can implement the idea of school gardening not only to provide students with a variety of nutritious foods but also to allow them to acquire farming and entrepreneurial skills

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 

Gender equality in land governance
provides specific guidance for ensuring that the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) are implemented in a gender-equitable way

Governing land for women and men
why it is important to take into account gender and social issues when dealing with land tenure

Training Guide: Gender and Climate Change Research in Agriculture and Food Security for Development

To understand how men and women are adapting to climate change, mitigating emissions and maintaining food security.

Participatory Smallholder Agriculture and Artisanal Fisheries Development Programme
Contribute to sustainable improvements in the living conditions and incomes of small-scale farmers and artisanal fishers 

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) 

Gender Climate Change and Agriculture Support Programme (GCCASP)
Programme designed to support regional and country level interventions 

New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) 

Burundi National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA)   

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 

Climate Change Adaptation and Gender Equality
Two provinces, five districts and over 30,000 households are learning new practices to reduce the gender gap and increase resilience to climate change

Democratic Republic of Congo National Progamme of Action (NAPA) 

Ethiopia National Programme of Action (NAPA)  

Overview of linkages between gender and climate change
These resources are centered around various climate change themes of relevance to different regions of the world and include discussions on general overview issues, adaptation and disaster risk reduction, agriculture and food security, sustainable energy, climate finance, and REDD+ under the new development and climate change frameworks, such as 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement.

Burkina Faso experiences with the NAPA process
Well-established institutional arrangements to deal with climate change issues in the country can greatly facilitate NAPA preparation and implementation and foster early strategic thinking for the consideration of medium- and long-term adaptation options

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 

Malawi experiences with the NAPA process
Some of the constraints imposed by changing procedures or rigid procedures for accessing resources can result in major delays in the implementation of a project on the ground  

Technical guidelines for the NAP process
The COP requested the LDC Expert Group (LEG) to elaborate technical guidelines for the NAP process based on the initial guidelines for the formulation of NAPs, and to arrange a review of these technical guidelines (decision 5/CP.17, paragraphs 15-16) 

Sao Tome and Principe experiences with the NAPA process
Focusing on the most affected development-related sectors is a good way to link the NAPA activities to national development plans 

Uganda experiences with the NAPA process
The establishment of a climate change institutional framework provides a national drive for developing a cross-sectoral NAPA programme. Such a framework also facilitates interactions on climate change issues between the government and other stakeholders, including local authorities, civil society and vulnerable communities