Climate Change Gender Action Plans (ccGAPs)

Strengthened national commitments to gender-responsive climate action

Multi-stakeholder participation.

Climate Change Gender Action Plans (ccGAPs) build on a country’s national development and climate change policy or strategy, and identify gender-specific issues in each priority sector. The participatory, multi-stakeholder methodology includes creating action plans to enhance mitigation and resilience for women and men throughout the country. 


Over the last decade, 23 countries and regions have worked with IUCN to apply its ccGAP process, with each anchored in existing national development and climate change processes. Ministries and regional bodies have chosen to establish ccGAPs when there is limited understanding of gender inequalities in the climate change context and when they need to establish avenues to address these inequalities. Countries with ccGAPs are making greater strides toward equitable climate change responses.

The Art of Implementation

See the methodology.

Having developed the world’s first gender-responsive national strategies and roadmaps on climate change, IUCN has published its ccGAP methodology and approach, containing ccGAPs from around the world, detailed case studies, roadmaps and more. As the title suggests, implementation of international agreements in individual countries is an art, not a science. There are diverse factors and challenges at play, including political will, adequate finance, and complex governance arrangements. The art of implementation is a journey toward the realisation of important ideas, a bridging of the gap between our aspirations and our achievements, and a continuous learning curve.

Explore ccGAPs by region

Asia and the Pacific

Latin America and the Caribbean

Middle East and North Africa

sub-Saharan Africa

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