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The contribution of gender justice to successful climate politics

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Research report launched

The final report of the research project "The contribution of gender justice to successful climate politics: impact assessment, interdependencies with other social categories, methodological issues and options for shaping climate policy" GenderCC was involved in, has now been published by the German Federal Environment Agency. In addition to the German summaries of the various work packages, it also contains a 15-page summary of the results of the research project in English.

The final report can be downloaded here.


Project description

The research project "The contribution of gender justice to successful climate politics: impact assessment, interdependencies with other social categories, methodological issues and options for shaping climate policy" examined the added value of a gender perspective for climate protection and adaptation and developed recommendations for taking action. It aims at supporting the integration of gender dimensions into climate policy, in particular in Germany. The project was conducted by GenderCC in cooperation with the Wuppertal Institute and the Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE).

The research project involved three work packages:

1) A systematic review of the literature on gender and climate change to provide data and evidence relevant for industrialised countries and to analyse hinderances and how to overcome resistence to integrating gender. Moreover, an analysis of the relevant international agreements and mechanisms and their strategies to address gender issues, as well as their implications for gender-responsive national climate policy was undertaken. Finally, a methodology for a gender assessment of national mitigation and adaptation programmes was developed and applied to the German climate change programmes.

2) The instrument of gender impact assessment (GIA), which was developed in the German Envrionmental Ministry in the 2002-2004 for legislative processes, was further developed and adjusted to climate policy, primarily (but not exclusively) for the German institutional context. It was tested using selected climate change mitigation and adaptation measures and discussed with climate change and GIA experts.

3) Based on the analysis of work package 1, the benefits of integrating gender dimensions into climate policies and measures and on the question of how climate policies can facilitate gender justice were identified. Furthermore, recommendations were provided on how to close information gaps and improve regular data collection, as well as how to integrate gender into German climate policy.

Results of the research were provided at the end of each consecutive work package and in a final report. An expert workshop and events at UNFCCC meetings allowed for the results to be discuss and further disseminated.

The project was funded within the scope of the Departmental Research Plan of the German Minstry for the Environment, Nature Protection, Building and Nuclear Safety (project number 371641119). 

 

For the German version of the information please have a look at the website of our project genanet - foacl point gender, environment, sustainability