This review examines the impact of desertification on women, their role in the management of natural resources and drylands, and the constraints they face.
Combatting land degradation is a key component of the post 2015 development agenda. The linkage between land degradation and other global environmental challenges is more recognized than ever before. We must leverage the increasing attention being given to land to further promote sustainable land management and rehabilitation of degraded land as solutions to multiple environmental […]
The range of measures often emphasized in gendered efforts to reverse desertification and land degradation and mitigate the effects of drought (DLDD) include improving the participation of women in decision-making, building the capacity of women’s organizations, eliminating illiteracy among women, minimizing the heavy workload on women and eliminating gender disparities in employment and in the […]
Since its inception the UNCCD has recognized the role of women in ensuring sustainable livelihoods and by encouraging the equal participation of women in capacity building. The UNCCD is the only Rio Convention which has gender and women’s’ empowerment included in the Convention text. The UNCCD Advocacy Policy Framework (APF) on gender, approved by the COP10 […]
Drylands face indisputable development challenges, including limited water resources, relatively low biological productivity, and a history of political and economic exclusion. Traditional gender inequalities and conflict situations exacerbate these challenges. However, drylands also possess valuable assets, such as their unique natural resources, diverse cultures and resilient communities. Despite these assets, dryland populations — particularly in […]
The international community has long recognized that desertification is a major economic, social and environmental problem of concern to many countries in all regions of the world. In response, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) was adopted in 1994 and entered into force two years later. The objective of the Convention is to […]
While mitigation efforts aim to reduce the causes of climate change (e.g., by addressing deforestation and advancing renewable energy), adaptation efforts attempt to address the impacts of climate change, such as droughts, floods, sea level rise, and intensified natural disasters, on people, structures and ecosystems. As climate continues to rapidly change in unprecedented ways, adaptation response is […]
Vulnerability assessments are a vital component of adaptation efforts as vulnerabilities can vary greatly over time and space, and determine what parts of society are most at risk. Adaptation efforts can even create greater vulnerabilities for some groups, particularly women, in the process of assisting others. This report examines these complexities in the shifting vulnerabilities to climate change arising from an evolving social, economic, ecological and political landscape in the Lake Faguibine region of Mali.