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BRIDGE

BRIDGE is a specialised gender and development research and information service based in the Gender and Sexuality Cluster at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), in the UK. As part of a global network of individuals and organisations working to advance gender equality, women’s rights, dignity and empowerment in development, we advocate for the crucial importance of a gender perspective in efforts to reduce poverty and promote social justice. BRIDGE is committed to making multilingual gender knowledge accessible outside the research community and to building bridges and dialogue between researchers, policy-makers and practitioners.

BRIDGE

  • ‘Adaptation Fund’, Briefs on Gender and Climate Funds

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    This brief recognises that the equal involvement of women and men in all levels of adaptation planning efforts is needed to ensure that policy, programmes and projects address socially and culturally specific climate change impacts. The brief calls for raising awareness of the Adaptation Fund, particularly among national women’s machineries. The Fund’s governance and financing instruments provide entry points for developing countries to play the leading roles.

  • ‘Climate Investment Funds’, Briefs on Gender and Climate Funds

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    According to this brief, the current pledge to invest 80 per cent of Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) in male-dominated formal-economy work sectors, energy and transportation may perpetuate existing gender imbalances in climate change funding. For CIFs to have a positive impact on gender issues, this document recommends that urgent action be taken while these funds are in their early stages. Comparing the CIFs’ two main components – the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) – the brief notes that the SCF offers more in prioritising the needs of poorer people.

  • 'The Clean Development Mechanism’, Briefs on Gender and Climate Funds

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    The CDM, established by the Kyoto Protocol, has been highly effective in identifying and funding cost-effective opportunities to reduce emissions. However, it has been widely criticised for prioritising emissions reductions over sustainable development. This brief explores ways of ensuring that CDM initiatives contribute to local development and enhance opportunities for projects to meet local women’s and men’s needs. There are a number of suggestions, including:

  • Climate Change and Gender: Economic Empowerment of Women through Climate Mitigation and Adaptation?

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    How is women’s economic empowerment linked to successful climate mitigation and adaptation? Womenare particularly susceptible to climate change and poverty and often lack financial assets and decisionmaking power. For example, in order to adopt or develop climate-related work, women must be able to own land as well as have access to capital and new technologies. This paper discusses various approaches to women’s economic empowerment that reduce GHG emissions.One strategy outlined is to compensate women for their work conserving natural resources.

  • Climate change adaptation from a gender perspective: a cross-cutting analysis of development-policy instruments

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    Gender concerns and adaptation approaches need to be mainstreamed into the processes of climate and development frameworks and policies, as they are currently largely blind to both issues. An analysis of climate-related frameworks and policies showed disappointing results – specifically, the EU Commission and Council on adaptation policy (2006–2008), which made no mention of gender.

  • Adaptation, gender and women’s empowerment

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    This brief on adaptation, gender and women’s empowerment is part of a series on CARE’s climate change activities. Recognising that many women lack adequate rights, resources and power for responding to climate change, CARE views gender dimensions as critical for understanding vulnerability. Firstly, CARE assesses the differential vulnerabilities to climate change that result from social, political and economic inequalities. For example, as men are generally responsible for producing market-oriented crops, they often claim more fertile land.

  • The Hartwell paper: a new direction for climate policy after the crash of 2009 (in English, German, Japanese, French, Italian and Chinese)

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    Fifteen years of climate policy’s failure to reduce GHG emissions is attributable to the structurally flawed UNFCCC/Kyoto model, which – according to the authors of this paper – crashed in late 2009. The authors describe this as “an immense opportunity to set climate policy free to fly at last”.

  • REDD Realities: How strategies to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation could impact on biodiversity and Indigenous Peoples in developing countries

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    It is crucial for international and national aspects of any forest conservation regime, programme and project to fully involve women, indigenous peoples and small farmers. This publication looks at the strategies of non-governmental and indigenous peoples’ organisations to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in Colombia, Costa Rica, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mozambique, Panama and Uganda. It also outlines the likely impacts of REDD on these countries. The document also contains links to reports by NGOs in Nepal, Paraguay and Brazil.

  • Life as Commerce: The impact of market-based conservation mechanisms on women

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    This paper highlights the need to support rural and indigenous women’s highly sustainable methods of using and protecting natural resources. It advocates that women’s knowledge should be developed and adapted to respond to the global problem of decreasing biodiversity, while protecting women’s rights within their families, communities and beyond. The paper notes that it is currently fashionable to approach biodiversity conservation from an economic perspective, where priority is given to ‘environmental services’ that create a profit.