Gender into Urban Climate Change Initiative
Cities are key actors for the implementation of climate adaptation and mitigation policies therefore, the “Gender Into Urban Climate Change Initiative” explores options for integrating gender and social aspects into policies in several pilot cities.
It seeks to develop gender-responsive policy recommendations with the aim of empowering citizens with their participation in urban planning processes and implementation. The main goal of the project is to enhance the effectiveness, inclusiveness and acceptance of local mitigation and adaptation policies.
The first part of the project (2015-2018) was focused on cities climate policies. In the second phase of the project (2018-2020), the “Gender Assessment and Monitoring of Mitigation and Adaptation” methodology (GAMMA) will be also applied at the national level. The project had developed GAMMA in its first implementation phase and has tested it in six pilot cities already. Finally, recommendations will be prepared targeting higher-level decision-makers in regional and national government, national city associations and international city network.
The GAMMA methodology permits to examine local adaptation and mitigation policies for their gender responsiveness, seeking to identify gender entry-points and develop recommendations for interventions needed to address gender gaps in planning procedures, priorities, policies and measures.
The project was launched in 2015 and will run until 2020 and is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI), supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU).
GUCCI´s project is coordinated by GenderCC - Women for Climate Justice, in a partnership with Equidad de Género (Mexico), All India Women’s Conference (India), GenderCC Southern Africa (South Africa), Aksi! for gender, social & ecological justice and Solidaritas Perempuan (Indonesia).
For further information about the project please contact the Secretariat’s team.
The Gender into Urban Climate Change Initiative meets in Mumbai
GenderCC held the international meeting of the “Gender into Urban Climate Change Initiative” (GUCCI) project in Mumbai, India, from 26 to 28 of February 2019. Hosted by the All India Women's Conference (AIWC), the meeting also brought together the project partners from Equidad de Género, ciudadanía, trabajo y familia from Mexico, GenderCC Southern Africa from South Africa, Aksi for gender, social and ecological justice and Solidaritas Perempuam from Indonesia and GenderCC’s international secretariat from Germany. Read the full report of the meeting here.
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.
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 2015-2020. 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.
International Climate Initiative (IKI)
Since 2008, the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU) 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 BMU. 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.