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Gender into Urban Climate Change Initiative

Project Summary

The “Gender Into Urban Climate Change Initiative” explores options for integrating gender and social aspects into climate policies in several pilot cities.

It seeks to build capacity at local level and develop gender-responsive policy recommendations with the aim of strengthening citizens’ ability to become involved in urban planning processes and implementation, and to enhance the effectiveness, inclusiveness and acceptance of local mitigation and adaptation policies.

Cities are increasingly considered key actors for the implementation of climate policy. Worldwide cities are developing and implementing strategies and policies to address climate change and its impacts. This project recognises that local governments have a crucial opportunity to enhance their climate responses by integrating social issues such as poverty alleviation and gender equality, in order to make adaptation and mitigation more effective and viable, and to create social and environmental co-benefits. For each pilot city, key issues and priorities are systematically identified and local strategies are developed to ensure that climate policies are more effective by responding to the needs and capacities of all citizens, women and men, and include poor and marginalised groups.

The project was launched in 2015 and is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI), supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU). It is coordinated by GenderCC International within a partnership between Equidad de Género (Mexico), All India Women’s Conference, GenderCC Southern Africa, Aksi! for gender, social & ecological justice and Solidaritas Perempuan (Indonesia). Read more about the project partners here.

The project partners have developed and are currently applying GenderCC’s Gender Assessment & Monitoring of Mitigation and Adaptation (GAMMA) methodology in order to examine local adaptation and mitigation policies for their gender responsiveness, seeking to identify possible gender entry-points and to develop recommendations for interventions needed to address gender gaps in planning procedures, priorities, policies and measures. The assessment involves several steps, covering institutional setting and procedures, the complete range of a city’s climate policies and an in-depth analysis of the gender impacts of selected measures. The results of the assessment can be used to work with citizens and local policy-makers and encourage efforts to achieve a transformation towards a low-carbon, low-risk, climate-resilient, equitable, gender-just and inclusive city. In the course of the project, the partners will furthermore develop policy recommendations based on the results of GAMMA and implement concrete gender-responsive campaigns and projects in the pilot cities. Read stories from activities and events in the pilot cities here.

In 2018, the project was extended to two more pilot cities per country and another country: Mexico. The project is now conducted in 14 pilot cities in four countries of the Global South. It is replicable in urban areas in the Global South and, with minor modifications, applicable to cities in the Global North. The Gender Assessment & Monitoring of Mitigation and Adaptation (GAMMA) methodology is currently adapted to the national level to enable a gender analysis  of national climate policies, as well. The methodology can be applied by policy-makers, NGOs and community-based groups with the guidance of gender experts.

Project outputs, such as the explanatory video, publications and reports, are available here.

For further information about the project please contact the Secretariat’s team.


Learn more about the 'Gender Assessment and Monitoring of Mitigation and Adaptation' (GAMMA) methodology

The project partnership has developed and is currently applying the 'Gender Assessment & Monitoring of Mitigation and Adaptation' (GAMMA) methodology in order to examine local adaptation and mitigation policies for their gender responsiveness, seeking to identify possible gender entry-points and to develop recommendations for interventions needed to address gender gaps in planning procedures, priorities, policies and measures. The assessment involves several steps, covering institutional setting and procedures, the complete range of a city’s climate policies and an in-depth analysis of the gender impacts of selected measures. The results of the assessment can be used to work with citizens and local policy-makers and encourage efforts to achieve a transformation towards a low-carbon, low-risk, climate-resilient, equitable, gender-just and inclusive city. In the course of the project, the partners will furthermore develop policy recommendations based on the results of GAMMA and implement concrete gender-responsive campaigns and projects in the pilot cities. A toolbox on how to apply GAMMA will be available soon.

For further information please contact the Secretariat’s team.

 


Why Gender and Climate Change?

Just as the linkages between climate change and gender are receiving a growing amount of attention, the specific challenges that cities face in light of climate change are also increasingly recognised. Yet, climate change, gender and cities are rarely addressed together, despite the clear potential for tackling inequality and climate issues with well-designed urban policies.

Together with UN Habitat and the GIZ (German Development Agency), GenderCC recently published one of the most comprehensive publications addressing this interface, which can be downloaded here.

Building upon this initial research, GenderCC launched a new project in collaboration with several partner organisations which will run from 2015-2018. The results of the "Gender into Urban Climate Change Initiative" will be featured on this page. 

 


GUCCI Previous Activities

Watch the pictures of previous GUCCI activities in Indonesia, India, South Africa and during COPs. Find more photos here.

Project team at GUCCI International Project Meeting, (c) GenderCC

 


International Climate Initiative (IKI)

Since 2008, the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) has been financing climate and biodiversity projects in developing and newly industrialising countries, as well as in countries in transition. Based on a decision taken by the German parliament (Bundestag), a sum of at least 120 million euros is available for use by the initiative annually. For the first few years the IKI was financed through the auctioning of emission allowances, but it is now funded from the budget of the BMUB. The IKI is a key element of Germany’s climate financing and the funding commitments in the framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Initiative places clear emphasis on climate change mitigation, adaption to the impacts of climate change and the protection of biological diversity. These efforts provide various co-benefits, particularly the improvement of living conditions in partner countries.

The IKI focuses on four areas: mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, adapting to the impacts of climate change, conserving natural carbon sinks with a focus on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), as well as conserving biological diversity.

New projects are primarily selected through a two-stage procedure that takes place once a year. Priority is given to activities that support creating an international climate protection architecture, to transparency, and to innovative and transferable solutions that have an impact beyond the individual project. The IKI cooperates closely with partner countries and supports consensus building for a comprehensive international climate agreement and the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Moreover, it is the goal of the IKI to create as many synergies as possible between climate protection and biodiversity conservation.