8–9 March: Gender and Adaptation to Climate Change Consultative Workshop and Round Table

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On the heels of ICIMOD's celebration of 100 years of International Women's Day, ICIMOD organised a technical one-and-a-half day Consultative Workshop and Round Table on Gender Experiences and Adaptation Strategies to Climate and Socio-Cultural Change in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas. The event was attended by invited partners and gender and climate change experts from the region. The participants discussed and debated key issues facing mountain women in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas in rapidly changing contexts, and the way these are being exacerbated and compounded by multiple drivers of change such as climate change, land use change, high rates of male out-migration, globalisation, and other socio-cultural and political-economic changes. Participants also highlighted gender adaptation strategies, action plans, responses, and the way forward.

The workshop has laid the foundation for ICIMOD's work on gender and adaptation to climate and socio-cultural change for the next five years as part of a larger integrated project, the Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP). The project, which is being implemented in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme, Grid-Arendal, and CICERO, and funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), aims to strengthen climate resilient mountain communities in the HKH with a special focus on women. For more information visit http://www.icimod.org/?page=1677. The workshop programme, presentations, participants list, and photographs are available at http://www.icimod.org/?q=2907. The consultative workshop and round table proceedings and workshop report will be available on ICIMOD's website in May 2011.