SPC Hosts Training on Gender Mainstreaming in Climate Change and Adaptation Programmes

27 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) hosted a training of trainers on gender mainstreaming in projects and programmes on adaptation and climate change in Suva, Fiji, from 16-18 May 2011. The training was organized by the Energy Programme of SPC's Economic Development Division (EDD) and attended by 13 participants, including representatives from community-based organizations.

The training was part of a project titled "Gender in Adaptation and Low Carbon Development,"  funded by the International Climate Initiative through the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. The project is currently implemented by the SPC EDD Energy Programme in collaboration with Gender CC-Women for Climate Justice, the global network of women and gender activists and experts working for gender and climate justice.

The training aimed to increase the capacity of energy and climate change practitioners to mainstream a gender perspective into their policies, action plans and implementation plans and projects. During the training, participants applied their new knowledge by reviewing national adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs) and the Implementation Plan of the Framework for Action on Energy Security in the Pacific (FAESP). They also explored steps to mainstream gender in renewable energy projects, as well as the integration of gender analysis into project feasibility studies to ensure that gender concerns are incorporated into energy and climate change adaptation projects and programmes. [SPC Press Release]