Indigenous women leading the way on climate change: A new ccGAP in Sonora

06 April 2017

Climate Change Gender Action Plans (ccGAPs) build on and enhance a country’s national climate change policy, plan or strategy by delving into gender-specific issues to create innovative mitigation, adaptation and resilience-building strategies that champion gender equality and women’s leadership. Developed via a unique, participatory, multi-stakeholder and cross-sectoral process, ccGAPs have been created and approved in over 20 countries through the facilitation and strategic guidance of IUCN GGO and with support from the Government of Finland, USAID, the Spanish Cooperation and other key partners.

In the Free and Sovereign State of Sonora, a federal entity of Mexico, IUCN GGO is developing a ccGAP with local stakeholders. The first of its kind, this local-level ccGAP will support the adaptation and mitigation strategies of a protected area, which is managed by the Indigenous people of the Comca’ac nation (also known as the Seri people).

The Comca’ac Indigenous Community has taken active steps in previous years to address the impending and immediate impacts of climate change on their community, such as pressure on marine resources and natural disasters.

Building on this momentum, IUCN GGO is working closely with the Comca’ac to highlight the unique experiences, knowledge, priorities and needs of Indigenous women and men of Sonora to diversify livelihoods, champion innovative activities and strengthen resilience.

For a look at the ways in which the women of the Comca’ac nation are deeply connected to the desert and sea that surrounds them, please see the video below. And stay tuned here for more news on ccGAP next steps.

This video is available in Spanish here.