Climate Change Gender Action Plans (ccGAPs)

Governments around the world have committed to action on climate change—and they have committed to advancing gender equality and realizing women’s and men’s equal human rights, as well. Climate Change Gender Action Plans (ccGAPs) help governments and stakeholders unite these goals, turning commitments to action. IUCN GGO has been pleased to partner with more than 20 countries to facilitate these plans, thanks to the generous support of the Government of Finland, USAID and other key partners.


Climate Change Gender Action Plans (ccGAPs) build on a country’s national climate change policy, plan or strategy, delving into gender-specific issues by priority sector and creating innovative action plans to enhance mitigation, adaptation and resilience-building efforts for women and men in every community. A unique participatory, multi-stakeholder and cross-sectoral methodology builds the capacities of women and women’s organizations together with government representatives and other key stakeholders—championing the value of gender equality and women’s innovative activities and solutions.

Around the world, ccGAPs reveal the transformative potential of gender equality: in Mozambique, the ccGAP was the catalyst for the inclusion of gender equality measures in the development of the country’s Strategic Program for Climate Resilience under the Climate Investment Funds; in Jordan, the ccGAP inspired the government to declare gender equality as a national priority in the country’s response to climate change and pledged to make gender a primary consideration in the country’s third National Communication to the UNFCCC, as well as created a permanent seat for women groups at the national climate change decision body; at the regional level, the League of Arab States and the Central America Integration System (SICA) have incorporated a gender approach in their climate change planning for the first time.

The Art of Implementation: Gender Strategies Transforming National and Regional Climate Change Decision Making summarizes the ccGAP process and spotlights early countries’ sector-specific activities. Some of the latest ccGAPs are featured in Roots for the Future: the landscape and way forward on gender and climate change.

Explore our ccGAP publications and factsheets.

More ccGAP related documents are available in here.


The Art of Implementation


Women Leading the Way on Mitigation


Mozambique ccGAP Factsheet


Jordan ccGAP Factsheet


Eqypt ccGAP Factsheet