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UN/ISDR Publication: Gender Perspectives: Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction into Climate Change Adaptation, Good Practices and Lessons Learned

Gender Perspectives: Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction into Climate Change Adaptation, Good Practices and Lessons Learned August 2008: This UN International Strategy for Disaster

Reduction (UN/ISDR) publication emphasizes the special vulnerability of women

to disaster risk, as well as their role in preparedness and response efforts.

Through a series of good practices from various parts of the world, the report

shows the linkages among women's experiences with natural resource management,

climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DRR).

The publication

aims to raise awareness of the nexus among climate change, DRR and gender-focused

approaches to development, by sharing concrete solutions and inspiring further

action. It illustrates that the input of women is crucial for DRR and climate

change adaptation strategies. The first section highlights women's knowledge

and capacity as environmental and natural resource managers, as well as the

importance of land use and management, and alternative livelihood options in

the context of climate change. The second section focuses on women's

participation in community decision making processes. The last section

showcases some tools used to mainstream gender into planning and policy

development to assess vulnerability and to design adaptive strategies. It also

provides case studies of grassroots women's leadership and ways to support and

encourage women's full participation in risk reduction, climate change

adaptation, development and disaster preparedness. [The

Publication]