Toward Gender-Responsive Ecosystem-based Adaptation

Why it's needed and how to get there

A key factor for the success of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) initiatives is the active integration of gender considerations. By working to address gender and social inequalities, EbA initiatives can be more effective and more sustainable.

By Angie Dazé, Anika Terton on July 22, 2021

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Climate change and the biodiversity crisis are driving demand for actions that build the long-term resilience of societies, ecosystems, and economies. EbA uses natural systems to build the resilience of ecosystems, as well as the communities that depend on them. This process provides an opportunity to actively promote gender equality when applying a gender-responsive approach. 

Toward Gender-Responsive Ecosystem-Based Adaptation: Why It's Needed and How to Get There provides an understanding of the importance of using a gender-responsive approach to EbA. This report describes key building blocks for effective and gender-just EbA, and includes on-the-ground examples of them being put into practice. The guidance and recommendations provided by this report can help EbA practitioners and adaptation policy-makers, whether in governments, research institutions, businesses, or civil society. 

Authored by International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) experts, this report was made possible by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

Report details

Gender Equality
Climate Change Adaptation
Focus area
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, 2021