To effectively, efficiently, and equitably respond to climate change, countries must develop gender responsive mitigation and adaptation strategies—not least because women are among those disproportionately and adversely affected by climate change and are seldom included in relevant decision-making processes to identify and implement solutions. Mitigation actions are measures undertaken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and harnessing the experiences, expertise, and ideas of women and men alike is essential for full mitigation power. Governments, institutions and agencies have been slow to consider ways in which women and gender considerations can be well integrated in mitigation planning – but the trend may be improving, as the Brief below discusses.
Liberia’s INDC includes components on both mitigation and adaptation, and proposes to reduce global greenhouse emissions by 15% from its business-as-usual trajectory. In its INDC, Liberia supports a gender-responsive approach for adaptation and mitigation actions, especially through the implementation of its climate change Gender Action Plan (ccGAP).
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